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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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  • The government closed borders, banned driving, reinforced censorship and reinstated a six-day workweek.
  • And after being burned by an article in another publication recently, they had reinstated a no-interviews policy.
  • Today, though hunting has been reinstated, populations are thriving.
  • Palm countered with an update of its own that reinstated the feature.
  • The case was initially dismissed and then reinstated by a federal appeals court.
  • Four students who had been expelled from the university in connection with the incident have been reinstated.
  • No one knows if any of the adjunct jobs will ever be reinstated.
  • If the accused wins in court, then he can ask to be reinstated after a campus judicial hearing.
  • The letter said he might be eligible to receive the degree if he were reinstated as a member of the church in good standing.
  • Now the university has announced that the book will be reinstated as the common-reading choice.
British Dictionary definitions for reinstated


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



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

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