re·wind | \(ˌ)rē-ˈwīnd \
rewound\(ˌ)rē-ˈwau̇nd \; 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, (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

Similar sorrows unravel as the episode rewinds to 1998 and Russell Poole, now divorced and out of a job, has seen no spike in interest since the release of his tell-all book detailing the Biggie murder. Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "'Unsolved': Episode 9 Cuts to the Chase as Biggie's Mom Comes to Terms With His Lifestyle," 27 Apr. 2018 To rewind for a moment, CAA is claiming contract breaches and interference. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"," 11 July 2018 The original Life is Strange told the story of Max, a teenager with the power to rewind time, and her rebellious friend Chloe. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Life is Strange 2’s first episode arrives on September 27th," 22 June 2018 If granted, the request would also lead to higher premiums for women, sick people and older individuals—largely rewinding the individual insurance market back to the days before the health law. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Focus on Health Care Jolts GOP Ahead of Midterms," 8 June 2018 Did someone just rewind the tape to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season? Jim Ayello, USA TODAY, "After Road America win, could Josef Newgarden be poised for another IndyCar title run?," 24 June 2018 Did someone just rewind the tape back to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season? Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Newgarden strikes back at Road America ... the sequel better than the original," 24 June 2018 Even back then, its core concept—a space-flying adventure that combines the open-ended flight wizardry of Elite Dangerous and the time-limited, time-rewinding weirdness of Majora's Mask—was tantalizing. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 But in the Trump film, the destruction rewound itself. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show. Joseph Pisani,, "Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device," 8 June 2018 But wait, rewind to the brief moment Hailey put her hand over her face. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship," 14 June 2018 Watch their duet below, then rewind and watch them a second time. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Stop What You're Doing and Listen to Celine Dion and Michael Buble's Amazing Christmas Duet," 11 Dec. 2015 Grab your phone, rewind the broadcast on DVR, mute the TV and make a video, his wife told him. Jonathan Jones,, "From the Bench to the Booth: The Path Journeyman NFL Players Take to Broadcasting," 30 May 2018 This week, Baffert hit rewind to the FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30 at Santa Anita. Bryce Miller,, "High-dollar debate: Can El Cajon's Mick Ruis turn Bolt d'Oro into Kentucky Derby winner?," 4 May 2018 Then, a rewind and a replay: This time, the wayward child’s mother sweeps her out of Helen’s way, and Helen manages to wedge her elbow between the swiftly closing doors. Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: The Sliding Doors in Sliding Doors," 9 Apr. 2018 First, rewind that video above and focus on the Jazz bench going nuts. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Donovan Mitchell threw down a vicious putback dunk on Rockets during Jazz's Game 2 win," 2 May 2018 Pressing rewind is an understandable desire these days. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "Spielberg romps through the past in ‘Ready Player One’ | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
rewound\-ˈwau̇nd \; rewinding

Kids Definition of rewind

: to reverse the winding or direction of play of

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