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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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  • Abruptly the doorslide closed again, and then at once it reopened.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • The old wound which that gossip had dealt him then was reopened now.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Brand was a man of resource, and in a few minutes she reopened her eyes.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • Mr. Allison on his return had reopened his school, but the pupils were few.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • New roads had been made, and one long since closed had been reopened.

British Dictionary definitions for reopened


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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