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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. 2018.
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  • Ranging alongside, he endeavored to reopen the conversation, but to no purpose.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But that is a closed question now; to reopen it were futile.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Rosamund should reopen for him that door which, hard-driven by misfortune, he had slammed.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Having nothing better to do at first, he was urged to reopen the school.

  • Then about ten o'clock Basil Pyne has to show up and reopen the subject.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for reopen


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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