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[ree-in-steyt] /ˌri ɪnˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), reinstated, reinstating.
to put back or establish again, as in a former position or state:
to reinstate the ousted chairman.
Origin of reinstate
First recorded in 1620-30; re- + instate
Related forms
reinstatement, reinstation, noun
reinstator, noun
nonreinstatement, noun
unreinstated, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was only through memory that she could reinstate herself.

  • The evenings with her did something to reinstate him in his own self-esteem.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It means that if there has been crooked work we've got to show it up in order to reinstate you.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • “It wasn't so dreadful what I did,” she muttered, to reinstate herself.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • They will set up again the law courts and reinstate the hangman.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
British Dictionary definitions for reinstate


(transitive) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Forms
reinstatement, noun
reinstator, noun
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Word Origin and History for reinstate

1590s, from re- + instate. Related: Reinstated; reinstating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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