re·tell | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtel \
retold\(ˌ)rē-ˈtōld \; 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.

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Fortunately, down on the stage as fans cheered and reached out, the performers kept their cool – even while retelling one of the most emotional stories of all time, complete with glitter, gold and giant cowled coats. Randee Dawn,, "The performers of Easter's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' had their own hallelujah moments," 14 June 2018 Articles run by those publications all retold allegations made by Brooks during the podcast. Michael Mccann,, "Could CM Punk and Colt Cabana Be Found Culpable for Defamation?," 31 May 2018 Earlier this month, surrounded by friends and family in New York's Central Park, Jeff and Angela started the next chapter of their storybook tale, by retelling their vows. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "New chance at love for woman who woke up from coma to find she has second husband," 29 June 2018 In that live-action retelling it's given a stately and orchestral reading, which overly emphasizes the Beast's existential crisis. Todd Martens,, "Hollywood Bowl's 'Beauty and the Beast' highlights the enduring power of the film's music," 27 May 2018 This story retold by Jonathan Marcus applies to everyone in all walks of life. Ken Goe,, "Yes, USC should own the world indoor record in the men's 4x400: Oregon track & field rundown," 20 Mar. 2018 Mummers & Minstrels presents the musical that retells the life of Jesus as if in modern day. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "11 theater & comedy acts July 27-Aug. 2," 26 July 2017 This year, documentaries and dramatic adaptations have retold the cult tragedies of the Branch Davidians in Texas and the Rajneeshees in Oregon. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Operation Thai Cave Rescue’ and Jim Jefferies," 13 July 2018 The story of the Catholic Church’s dark period in China during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution has been told and retold to the young people at Guo’s parish. Washington Post, "As China, Vatican talk, bishop’s fate shows party’s power," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of retell

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of retell

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

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