reinstate

verb
re·​in·​state | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio) \
reinstated; reinstating

Definition of reinstate

transitive verb

1 : to place again (as in possession or in a former position)
2 : to restore to a previous effective state

Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ ˌrē-​ən-​ˈstāt-​mənt How to pronounce reinstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of reinstate in a Sentence

After his name was cleared, he was reinstated as committee chairperson. The school board voted to reinstate the school's uniform policy. the year the death penalty was reinstated
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans are trying to amend a $10 billion coronavirus relief bill that is being considered in the Senate to reinstate the border policy. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 But lawyers for Texas and Missouri filed suit and won rulings that ordered the administration to reinstate Trump’s policy. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, the District of Columbia had recently lifted its indoor mask mandate, only to reinstate the policy amid the new wave of cases. Melanie Zanona And Lauren Fox, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 The Biden administration is set to reinstate a Trump-era policy this week to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court — with changes and additions. Elliot Spagat, ajc, 6 Dec. 2021 The Biden administration has struck an agreement with Mexico to next week reinstate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, U.S. officials said Thursday. Elliot Spagat, Chron, 2 Dec. 2021 The Biden administration, under a court order, plans to soon reinstate a Trump-era policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in the U.S. Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2021 The Biden administration, under a court order, plans to soon reinstate a Trump-era policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in the U.S. Elliot Spagat, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Nov. 2021 The Lowell Alumni Association, Friends of Lowell Foundation and the Asian American Legal Foundation sued the district and school board in April, asking the court to overturn the decision and reinstate the former policy. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of reinstate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Reinstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reinstate. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for reinstate

reinstate

verb
re·​in·​state | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈstāt How to pronounce reinstate (audio) \
reinstated; reinstating

Kids Definition of reinstate

: to place again in a former position or condition The fired employee was reinstated.

Other Words from reinstate

reinstatement \ -​mənt \ noun

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