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[ree-oh-puh n] /riˈoʊ pən/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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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  • Possibly Miss Archer was not anxious to reopen the subject by thus courting fresh rebellion.

  • Ranging alongside, he endeavored to reopen the conversation, but to no purpose.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Turn as he might, he could find no way in which to reopen an approach to either the Oxford tutor or the Crimean nurse.

  • Rosamund should reopen for him that door which, hard-driven by misfortune, he had slammed.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • You Christians fancy you know all about eternity, and if you are right in that—But I will not reopen that old discussion.

British Dictionary definitions for reopen


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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