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[ree-oh-puh n] /riˈoʊ pən/
verb (used with or without object)
to open again.
to start again; resume:
to reopen an argument; to reopen an attack.
Origin of reopen
1725-35; re- + open Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is with a deep searching of heart and with great reluctance that we re-open this painful subject.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • She said that I might re-open the question after the public demonstration.

    The Soul Stealer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He knew that he would never have the courage to re-open the matter with Jill himself.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • I did not re-open it with any intention to resume my business.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • He looked at me and then withdrew, closing the door behind him, only to re-open it a few moments later.

    'Farewell, Nikola' Guy Boothby
  • Then she turned back to her home duties, and did not re-open the question.

    Catherine Booth Mildred Duff
British Dictionary definitions for re-open


to open or cause to open again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for re-open



1733 (transitive), from re- "again" + open (v.). Intransitive sense from 1830. Related: Reopened; reopening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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