[v. ree-ruhn; n. ree-ruhn]
verb (used with object), reran, rerun, rerunning.
to run again.
the act of rerunning.
a showing of a motion picture or television program after its initial run, usually some months or years later.
the motion picture or television program being shown again.
Informal. a person or thing that is merely a restatement or imitation of something familiar; rehash: The plot is just a rerun of every other spy story.

1795–1805; re- + run Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
vb , -runs, -running, -ran
1.  to broadcast or put on (a film, play, series, etc) again
2.  to run (a race, etc) again
3.  a film, play, series, etc, that is broadcast or put on again; repeat
4.  a race that is run again
5.  computing the repeat of a part of a computer program

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Word Origin & History

1804, in ref. to races, from re- "back, again" + run (q.v.). The noun, in ref. to filmed television, is recorded from 1934.
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Example sentences
With commercial and public television deep into rerun territory these days, the time is ripe for poking into cable schedules.
Whatever the reason, here are six current dramas worth transplanting into your weekly rotation before rerun season starts.
Elections for three local councils have had to be rerun amid cries of vote-rigging.
The program must also be rerun if a new phase or histogram is added to the refinement.
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