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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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Examples from the web for reopen
  • If members enter afterwards and it is desired to reopen the polls it can be done by a majority vote.
  • If for any reason it is desired to reopen nominations it may be done by a majority vote.
  • So let us reject any among us who seek to reopen old wounds and to rekindle old hatreds.
  • Hopefully, a means will be found to reopen it in the near future.
  • Most cinemas closed, as did this one, though it has plans to expand and reopen.
  • Tie the twine in a small bow so that you can reopen the beanbag to add more stuffing if needed.
  • They sleep on a mezzanine, under a ceiling splotched by a century of water stains-yellow scabs that sometimes reopen.
  • Maybe they can renew their activities and reopen their parties.
  • Plans call for the restaurant to reopen within two years, in a better location downtown, with the original interior.
  • US law allows a new owner to renegotiate existing contracts after a purchase, even to reopen collective bargaining.
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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