re·​unite | \ ˌrē-yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce reunite (audio) \
reunited; reuniting; reunites

Definition of reunite

transitive verb

: to bring together again

intransitive verb

: to come together again : rejoin

Examples of reunite in a Sentence

The police reunited the woman and her son. We need a candidate who can reunite the party. The band reunited for a special concert.
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Hundreds of families have yet to be reunited, and CNN reports that the Justice Department is expected to ask a federal judge in San Diego Friday for an extension on reunification deadlines. Rob Tornoe,, "Occupy ICE protests: What to know about demonstrations in Portland, Philadelphia and nationally," 6 July 2018 The government has interpreted the court mandate to include all children separated from their families even before this policy, increasing the number that need to be reunited. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Department of Justice Wants More Time to Reunite Families Separated at the Border," 6 July 2018 Immigration advocates say thousands of children remain in limbo, staying in foster homes or detention centers while waiting to be reunited with their parents. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'#AbolishICE,' urges vandalized Louisville billboard amid protests," 4 July 2018 So, who’s next on Michelle’s list of costars to reunite with? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Gossip Girl Stars Leighton Meester and Michelle Trachtenberg Reunited for a Murder-Mystery Party," 12 Mar. 2019 Stepping out for the Schiaparelli show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael seemed elated to be reunited ahead of their work on the forthcoming Downton Abbey movie. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Downton Abbey Stars Just Reunited at the Schiaparelli Show in Paris," 21 Jan. 2019 Three animals rescued from the West Fire by the county Department of Animal Services are still waiting to be reunited with their families. Karen Pearlman,, "A few animals from West Fire waiting to be reunited with families," 10 July 2018 Tuesday was the deadline requiring children under 5 to be reunited with their parents. William Lee,, "Judge orders Brazilian boys reunited with fathers, calls government decision to separate them ‘arbitrary and conscience shocking’," 10 July 2018 Twelve children have parents who are in either state or federal criminal custody and won’t be able to be reunited at this time. Kristina Davis, Anchorage Daily News, "US says it will be able to reunite only half of separated families by Tuesday deadline," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of reunite

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for reunite

Middle English, from Medieval Latin reunitus, past participle of reunire, from Latin re- + Late Latin unire to unite — more at unite

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English Language Learners Definition of reunite

: to bring (people or things) together again especially after they have been apart for a long time
: to be together again after being apart for a long time


re·​unite | \ ˌrē-yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce reunite (audio) \
reunited; reuniting

Kids Definition of reunite

: to come or bring together again after being apart

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