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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
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  • reopened in 1909, it is now the only endowed liberal arts college in the State.

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  • Abruptly the doorslide closed again, and then at once it reopened.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • Seven divisions were at Port Arthur ready to embark, when negotiations were reopened.

  • Mr. Allison on his return had reopened his school, but the pupils were few.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • You might call up that party that we turned down the other night and tell him this place has reopened for business as usual.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for reopened


to open or cause to open again
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Word Origin and History for reopened



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

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