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

Verb Rewind the tape so that we can hear that song again.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fleeting nature of it all, though, only compels you to rewind and re-experience the rush. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2020: Staff List," 23 Dec. 2020 Vanessa Hudgens will host the 90-minute special, which will rewind through the most memorable moments in film and TV from the '80s until now. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "How to Watch 2020 'MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time'," 5 Dec. 2020 But now people can rewind things and everybody is talking to each other in real time. James Hibberd,, "The Mandalorian has its own 'coffee cup' goof," 20 Nov. 2020 Start in the middle, watch until the end, then rewind back to the middle of the film, and watch backward, to the beginning. Sara Lautman, The New Yorker, "Keys and Cheats for Watching Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”," 9 Nov. 2020 CDs were less than half the size of 12-inch vinyls, and could rewind or skip forward at the press of a button, unlike tapes, which required winding. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "The Uneasy Afterlife of Our Dazzling Trash," 7 Nov. 2020 While watching college and professional games on television, Robert would pause and rewind plays to test his sons. oregonlive, "Former Oregon Ducks safety Jevon Holland is taking his talent and unabashed social consciousness to the NFL: ‘I’m actually human before I’m a football player’," 7 Oct. 2020 Today Nethery is the co-owner and master distiller for the small, family operation, but rewind 25 years ago and her life was very different. Maggie Menderski,, "Meet 7 women who are smashing the glass ceiling of Kentucky's historic bourbon industry," 30 Sep. 2020 So, rewind back to June 1, the infamous night when hundreds of protesters were arrested on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "How Ra-Sun Kazadi became a leader for social justice on SMU football through his artwork and ever-evolving voice," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Catch up on the Northeast Ohio boys basketball landscape below in this edition of the rewind. Matt Goul, cleveland, "St. Edward’s depth taking a leap: Boys basketball rewind," 14 Jan. 2021 Having a virtual rewind button seriously fast-forwards real-world program success. Dr. Will Roper, Popular Mechanics, "Exclusive: The Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet Uses F1-Style Engineering," 12 Jan. 2021 See who took home player of the week honors in our football rewind., "Express Briefing: Probe in airman’s death finds failures at Lackland jail," 15 Dec. 2020 Cannell hits rewind, bringing readers into the hardscrabble New York of the 1920s. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Review: 'A Brotherhood Betrayed' is a riveting true-crime gangster tale," 2 Oct. 2020 His work functions as a kind of rewind—back, back, back to our earlier selves. Jason Parham, Wired, "A YouTube Radio Archivist Blasts the Past Into the Present," 22 Sep. 2020 The single funniest thing about this movie might be the thought of how heavily people are going to use their rewind buttons, once it’s on home video. Mary Colurso |, al, "We went back to the movies for ‘Tenet,’ and here’s what we found," 15 Sep. 2020 Heck, why should the nostalgic rewind stop at Miller Park? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best social-media reactions to the new logo for renamed Brewers stadium, American Family Field," 23 Mar. 2020 The show will hit the rewind button (to the pre-Bahamas era) and follow Bryan and Sarah's successful home reno business based in Ontario Canada, where the family lives. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, ""Renovation Island" Stars Bryan and Sarah Baeumler Will Return Will an All-New Series on HGTV This Month," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rewind


1717, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rewind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce rewind (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rewind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a recording) go backwards


How to pronounce rewind (audio)

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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