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[ree-in-steyt] /ˌri ɪnˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), reinstated, reinstating.
to put back or establish again, as in a former position or state:
to reinstate the ousted chairman.
Origin of reinstate
1620-30; re- + instate
Related forms
reinstatement, reinstation, noun
reinstator, noun
nonreinstatement, noun
unreinstated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Conservationists disagreed with the decision and sued to reinstate the wolf's endangered status.
  • Whether one wants to reinstate a name or create a new one, the problem is more or less the same.
  • The government would likely reinstate the full tax eventually.
  • Prosecutors tried to reinstate the case but ultimately gave up.
  • Little was done to call back the faculty expelled, to reinstate their employment, property and basic civil rights.
  • In short, you seem at first to cast doubt on the whole concept of prevailing, only to reinstate it in a peculiarly negative form.
  • reinstate normal testosterone levels afterward with injections of synthetic testosterone, and aggression returns.
  • Now it's going to keep them all or reinstate those that were to close.
  • She still has her teaching certificate and the state seems poised to reinstate her administrative certificate.
  • Getting rid of those who deserve it is a time consuming process, often thwarted by an arbitrator, who will reinstate people.
British Dictionary definitions for reinstate


(transitive) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Forms
reinstatement, noun
reinstator, noun
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Word Origin and History for reinstate

1590s, from re- + instate. Related: Reinstated; reinstating.

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