re·​zone (ˌ)rē-ˈzōn How to pronounce rezone (audio)
rezoned; rezoning

transitive verb

: to change the zoning of (an area) : to designate (a zone or zones of a city, town, or borough) for a new purpose or use through a change in the applicable zoning regulations
… is seeking to have land it purchased near the airport rezoned from residential use for commercial use …Michael Knight
However many at-home workers there are, their numbers are large enough to cause some communities to rezone neighborhoods so that certain kinds of work … can take place there …Lynette Lamb
rezoning noun
plural rezonings
… opposition to the development arose because commercial rezoning of the property was necessary to the development. Jo Gwin Shelby
… Mr. Bloomberg effected the most extensive rezonings in city history … Julia Vitullo-Martin
… a rezoning request to allow gravel mining on 480 acres of grazing land … Lawrence Shulruff

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sabato said Silverman this winter wants to propose either a zoning rule to allow a 600,000-square-foot warehouse, or to rezone the back half of the property to Commerce Zone A, where larger warehouses are allowed. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 26 Dec. 2022 The developers asked the city to rezone the 47-acre property owned by See Forever to accommodate the subdivision and the city council approved that rezoning earlier this year after review by the planning commission. Paul Gattis |, al, 25 Oct. 2022 The group also asked the city to rezone the land to never allow industrial use on the grounds after 2029. Dallas News, 20 Oct. 2022 In 2020, the Gelmans received approval from Orange County that would clear the way to rezone the property to a Planned Development. Laura Kinsler, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2022 When voters approved Issue 19 in April 2020 to make this housing project possible, Solon became the first municipality in the country to rezone a property for adults with disabilities, according to Kraus. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 The New Braunfels City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone the 29-acre property from a heavy industrial district to a high-intensity mixed-use district. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Dec. 2021 Trustees also approved an ordinance to rezone nine properties on Diamond Lake Road. James T. Norman,, 16 Oct. 2021 South Milwaukee’s approval of the initial reading of an ordinance to rezone property on Milwaukee Avenue has further paved the way for the development of a 16-unit complex at the downtown site. Victoria Magee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rezone was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Rezone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to alter the zoning of
rezoned the neighborhood for business

Legal Definition


transitive verb
rezoned; rezoning
: to zone again or anew
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