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 Now, Russian occupation authorities are trying to almost rewind the clock. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 To rewind, Breed first declared an emergency in the Tenderloin in mid-December, as fatal drug overdoses and growing tent encampments drew the frustration of advocates and residents. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 Accessibility of content via video portals enables users to view videos at their own pace, turn on closed captions or pause and rewind — all of which have expanded opportunities for learning and growth. Joe Mozden, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Open streaming apps, pause and rewind content, and browse music. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 To rewind a bit, Yuga is the firm that took center-stage in late 2021 and early 2022 as NFT mania took hold, culminating in NFT investments from celebrities including NBA star Steph Curry and pop star Justin Bieber. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 Lykke Li wants to rewind to when things were going well. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2022 Media keys provide one-touch access to frequent controls; the most common are play, pause, forward, rewind, and volume. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2022 Resilience is wanting to rewind or to take a different path but still showing up each day. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Baseball rewind Isaiah Magdaleno of Crespi is making a push for Mission League player of the year after his latest shutout over Chaminade. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Half of season two was shot on Kodak Ektachrome 35mm motion picture film, and the other half on Vision 3 500T stock, making a high-contrast product that feels like a spooky rewind, with evil lurking around every corner. Caroline Downey, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 Otherlands is a Benjamin Button tale, which begins in the present day and runs in reverse, the evolution of life in rewind. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 But businesses have an extraordinary opportunity to turn that rewind into a reset. Lara Abrash, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 Quick rewind: Russia's $1.5 trillion economy is the world's 11th largest, according to World Bank data. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 Quick rewind: Both stocks had banner years in 2020. Charles Riley, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 Look at all of the people fighting for me,' hitting rewind, watching it again. Veronica Stracqualursi And Betsy Klein, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Here are our notes from the next-day DVR rewind of a 17-point exclamation point on the regular season. Michael Casagrande |, al, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rewind


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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