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re1

[rey]
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noun Music.
  1. the syllable used for the second tone of a diatonic scale.
  2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone D.Compare sol-fa(def 1).

Origin of re1

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at gamut

re2

[ree, rey]
preposition Chiefly Law and Commerce.
  1. in the case of; with reference to; in re.

Origin of re2

1700–10; < Latin (in the) matter, affair, thing (ablative of rēs)

Re

[rey]
noun Egyptian Religion.
  1. Ra.

Re

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. rhenium.

Re.

or re.

  1. rupee.

r.e.

Football.
  1. right end.

're

[er]
  1. contraction of are: They're leaving.

Usage note

re-

  1. a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.
Also red-.

Origin of re-

Middle English < Latin re-, red-

R.E.

  1. real estate.
  2. Reformed Episcopal.
  3. Right Excellent.

R/E

or RE

  1. real estate.

in re

[in ree, rey]
preposition
  1. in the matter of.

Origin of in re

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for re

re1

noun
  1. music a variant spelling of ray 3

re2

preposition
  1. with reference to

Word Origin

C18: from Latin , ablative case of rēs thing

usage

Re, in contexts such as re your letter, your remarks have been noted or he spoke to me re your complaint, is common in business or official correspondence. In general English with reference to is preferable in the former case and about or concerning in the latter. Even in business correspondence, the use of re is often restricted to the letter heading

re3

the internet domain name for
  1. Reunion Island

Re1

noun
  1. another name for Ra 2

Re2

the chemical symbol for
  1. rhenium

Re3

re

symbol for
  1. rupee

RE

abbreviation for
  1. Reformed Episcopal
  2. Religious Education
  3. Right Excellent
  4. Royal Engineers

in re

preposition
  1. in the matter of: used esp in bankruptcy proceedings

Word Origin

C17: from Latin

re-

prefix
  1. indicating return to a previous condition, restoration, withdrawal, etcrebuild; renew; retrace; reunite
  2. indicating repetition of an actionrecopy; remarry

Word Origin

from Latin

usage

Verbs beginning with re- indicate repetition or restoration. It is unnecessary to add an adverb such as back or again : This must not occur again (not recur again); we recounted the votes (not recounted the votes again, which implies that the votes were counted three times, not twice)

're

contraction of
  1. arewe're; you're; they're
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Word Origin and History for re

"with reference to," used from c.1700 in legalese, from Latin (in) re "in the matter of," from ablative case of res "matter, thing." Its use is execrated by Fowler in three different sections of "Modern English Usage."

re-

word-forming element meaning "back to the original place; again, anew, once more," also with a sense of "undoing," c.1200, from Old French and directly from Latin re- "again, back, anew, against," "Latin combining form concievably from Indo-European *wret-, metathetical variant of *wert- "to turn" [Watkins]. Often merely intensive, and in many of the older borrowings from French and Latin the precise sense of re- is lost in secondary senses or weakened beyond recognition. OED writes that it is "impossible to attempt a complete record of all the forms resulting from its use," and adds that "The number of these is practically infinite ...." The Latin prefix became red- before vowels and h-, e.g. redact, redeem, redolent, redundant.

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re in Medicine

Re

  1. The symbol for the elementrhenium

RE

abbr.
  1. right extremity

re-

pref.
  1. Again; anew:rebreathing.
  2. Backward; back:recurvation.

re in Science

Re

  1. The symbol for rhenium.

rhenium

[rēnē-əm]
Re
  1. A very rare, dense, silvery-white metallic element with a very high melting point. It is used to make catalysts and electrical contacts. Atomic number 75; atomic weight 186.2; melting point 3,180°C; boiling point 5,627°C; specific gravity 21.02; valence 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. See Periodic Table.
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