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[ree-oh-puh n] /riˈoʊ pən/
verb (used with or without object)
to open again.
to start again; resume:
to reopen an argument; to reopen an attack.
Origin of reopen
First recorded in 1725-35; re- + open Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His next step was to re-establish the markets and re-open the sources of supply.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • An attempt was made to re-open the Constitutional Convention of 1864.

  • At the end of about five minutes he ventured to re-open his eyes.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • Now, by an effort, let this tendency to re-open be counteracted.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • She said that I might re-open the question after the public demonstration.

    The Soul Stealer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I did not re-open it with any intention to resume my business.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for re-open


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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