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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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  • Another that he had become huffy over Gilbert's reinstatement and had resigned.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He tries no pretences with a view to her reinstatement, even on a par with himself.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • He longed to enter and plead for reinstatement, but his new-found pride refused to budge his legs door-ward.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • In this case they contributed to the reinstatement of Mr. Bradshaw.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • No more for ever, for Heine, was there to be any reinstatement of the flesh.

British Dictionary definitions for reinstatement


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

1700, from reinstate + -ment. Reinstation is recorded from 1680s.



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

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