re·unite | \ˌrē-yu̇-ˈnīt \
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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If families are reunited in the U.S., they will be released and go through immigration proceedings outside of detention, which could take several months or years. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 Another 17 have been released, usually on bond and with ankle monitors, and reunited with their children. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 The Trump administration said only 38 of 102 children younger than 5 had been reunited with their parents by the Tuesday deadline set by a federal judge in San Diego., "Some migrant children are reunited with parents as Trump administration misses court deadline," 11 July 2018 Federal judge Dana Sabraw then set a deadline for the government, stating that all separated children under the age of 5 must be reunited by July 10. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Trump Administration May Have Separated Family of U.S. Citizens for Up to a Year," 11 July 2018 Dozens of immigrant children will be released from detention centers and reunited with their parents Tuesday. Elliot Spagat, The Christian Science Monitor, "At least 54 immigrant children will be reunited with parents," 10 July 2018 Other parents have criminal records that will keep them from being reunited, Fabian said. NBC News, "Judge extends deadline as U.S. struggles to reunify migrant families," 9 July 2018 The stories about what happens to children who are reunited with their families are playing out as still hundreds more kids remain separated from their parents. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "A migrant child was returned to his mother covered in lice, according to a new lawsuit," 6 July 2018 Mejia's son was one of three children in Michigan under the age of 5 reunited on Tuesday with their parents. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dad separated from son in Michigan: 'A pain in my heart'," 14 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 \
reunited; reuniting

Kids Definition of reunite

: to come or bring together again after being apart

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