re·​wind | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈwīnd How to pronounce rewind (audio) \
rewound\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce rewound (audio) \; rewinding

Definition of rewind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wind again especially : to reverse the winding of rewind film


re·​wind | \ ˈrē-ˌwīnd How to pronounce rewind (audio) , (ˌ)rē-ˈwīnd\

Definition of rewind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that rewinds or is rewound
2 : an act of rewinding
3 : a function of an electronic device that reverses a recording to a previous portion

Examples of rewind in a Sentence


Rewind the tape so that we can hear that song again.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other classic gaming collections, including the Super NES Classic Edition, include the ability to rewind a few seconds, so a single mistake doesn't mean restarting an entire level. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Every game should copy Death Stranding’s “Very Easy Mode”," 13 Sep. 2019 The Jiffy Mart employee did not rewind the footage far enough the first time police reviewed it, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller,, "Manchester man charged with assault after allegedly pointing shotgun at vehicle, firing ‘warning shot’ into the air," 21 Aug. 2019 This is me rewinding #TheBachelorette to find the windmill. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Hannah Brown Admits to Having Sex 'in a Windmill' in Explosive Bachelorette Promo," 2 July 2019 Taking the stage at the Chicago Teachers Union hall on the city’s West Side, Biden quickly rewound to last night and the criticism Harris delivered during the debate, which continued to echo today. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Joe Biden’s debate with Kamala Harris continues at Rainbow PUSH speech in Chicago," 28 June 2019 Logistically, a prequel might be difficult — presumably none of the original cast could return, unless some highly advanced age-rewinding CGI comes into play. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "John Stamos Has an Idea About a 'Full House' Prequel," 28 June 2019 So, what better time to rewind a bit and take a look back at some of the first half of 2019’s greatest releases thus far? Brittany Vincent, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Best Games of 2019 (So Far)," 15 July 2019 Cell networks disappear as soon as the town ends and time rewinds a century. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 For a refresher, return to our review of the series' 2014 entries on either 3DS or Wii U... or rewind back to April 1999, when my 17-year-old self reviewed the series' first N64 game for the Dallas Morning News. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the games will have online multiplayer; some will also have a rewind feature. Wired, "Super Nintendo Games Now, Finally, Available on Switch," 6 Sep. 2019 But drama is not around every corner, which means that watching a character gaze casually into a laptop can be boring, and the rewind and fast-forwarding options aren’t especially speedy. Washington Post, "‘Telling Lies’: One of the most brilliant video games of the year," 23 Aug. 2019 But where Mr Trump wanted to return America to the 1950s, Mr Biden offers a briefer rewind. J.f. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Nearly two dozen presidential candidates descend on Iowa," 9 Aug. 2019 Rock rewind, featuring Lynch Mob and Johnny Solinger of Skid Row. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: Hugh Jackman, Ruben Blades, “Weird Al” Yankovic," 13 June 2019 Just hit rewind, and the system takes you a few hundred meters back up the road. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 In other words, Lenski thought the tape of life would replay differently with each rewind. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014 This allows the action to seemingly rewind and go back in time to depict a key moment from the perspective of another character. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 Functionality: Ironically, Benjamin Buttons does not rewind. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, "The Six Remotes in Your Dad’s Entertainment Center," 15 June 2019

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1717, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rewind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a recording) go backwards



English Language Learners Definition of rewind (Entry 2 of 2)

: a function that causes a recording (such as an audiotape or a videotape) to go backwards


re·​wind | \ rē-ˈwīnd How to pronounce rewind (audio) \
rewound\ -​ˈwau̇nd \; rewinding

Kids Definition of rewind

: to reverse the winding or direction of play of

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