re·​tell | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtel How to pronounce retell (audio) \
retold\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtōld How to pronounce retell (audio) \; retelling

Definition of retell

transitive verb

1 : to tell again or in another form
2 : to count again

Examples of retell in a Sentence

The movie retells the story of Romeo and Juliet.
Recent Examples on the Web One way to retell the story was to go over-the-top — showing the bloody underwater crime scene and limbs being hacked off. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Danish crime show turns lurid procedural trend on its head," 27 Jan. 2021 Witnessing such baseless hatred continue into the 21st century motivates me to retell the Hanukkah story each year, highlighting its essential human rights message of freedom from religious persecution and freedom of speech. Susan Schaefer, Star Tribune, "Hanukkah is a festival of freedom," 11 Dec. 2020 The novel is both lovely and original, a fine exemplar of how to retell fairy tales by building on their initial enchantment instead of banishing it. New York Times, "Site Information Navigation," 25 Nov. 2020 Modern Austen, currently in development, will retell Austen's novels as contemporary stories. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Modern Austen Will Reimagine Jane Austen's Novels in Contemporary Settings," 23 Nov. 2020 These posable figures are extremely flexible, feeding young imaginations so kids can retell the story from their perspective. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "These 5-star products make perfect holiday gifts," 19 Nov. 2020 Imagine Theatre uses modern puppetry to retell the traditional Chinese fable in this show for kids 4 and older. Los Angeles Times, "17 culture picks: Jon Hamm, Luis Alfaro, Chicano Batman and Bourne’s swans," 12 Nov. 2020 Then there’s the community that’s keeping its past and future alive as its members follow the traditions and retell the myths of their ancestors. National Geographic, "In Russia’s far north, legends and lives are frozen in time," 10 Nov. 2020 On the last weekend in October, the tranquil old crossing sprang vibrantly to life, as hundreds of folks, including western artists, historians and local cowmen, gathered to celebrate and retell its colorful history. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of retell

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Feb 2021

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“Retell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of retell

: to tell (a story) again especially in a different way

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