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 Rather than retell it, though, the author chose to dig deeper in other moments from Robinson’s life, specifically: 1946 — the year Robinson spent in the minor leagues with the Montreal Royals before his debut with the Dodgers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Bellis helped McKenzie, who struggled to speak, retell the story. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 With so many stories to tell (and retell), creativity will be key for the quality of WWE content to remain consistent. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The Animation could retell the franchise's events with additional color and context. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 That means looking backward to retell the history that has been lost or repressed, and incorporating stories of pain and exclusion without obliterating the worthy lessons, achievements and meaning of a nation founded in both freedom and enslavement. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 For me, the instinct to reexamine what happened to her, retell and reframe it, was similar to what pulled me toward Marcia Clark in the OJ Simpson story. Ally Mauch,, 5 Jan. 2022 Opera is about voices and foundational myths, so what better place to give a voice to the voiceless and retell myths from alternative points of view? Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Harper’s Bazaar assembled those stage icons along with Miranda and Garfield to retell the story of how a Sondheim song became a Larson song became a Miranda song—and then became one of the 2021’s most joyous movie moments. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of retell

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Retell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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