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re

1

[ rey ]

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 ).


re

2

[ ree, rey ]

preposition

, Chiefly Law and Commerce.
  1. in the case of; with reference to; in re.

're

3

[ er ]

  1. contraction of are: They're leaving.

Re

4

[ rey ]

noun

, Egyptian Religion.
  1. Ra.

Re

5
Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. rhenium.

R/E

6
or RE
  1. real estate.

re-

7
  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.

Re.

8
or re.

abbreviation for

  1. rupee.

r.e.

9

abbreviation for

, Football.
  1. right end.

R.E.

10

abbreviation for

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

Re

1

/ reɪ /

noun

  1. See Ra
    another name for Ra 2


re-

2

prefix

  1. indicating return to a previous condition, restoration, withdrawal, etc

    renew

    rebuild

    reunite

    retrace

  2. indicating repetition of an action

    recopy

    remarry

Re

3

symbol for

  1. rupee

RE

4

abbreviation for

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

're

5

contraction of

  1. are

    you're

    they're

    we're

re

6

the internet domain name for

  1. Reunion Island

Re

7

the chemical symbol for

  1. rhenium

re

8

/ riː /

preposition

  1. with reference to

re

9

/ reɪ; riː /

noun

  1. See ray
    music a variant spelling of ray 3

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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 , 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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of re1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; gamut

Origin of re2

First recorded in 1700–10; from Latin “(in the) matter, affair, thing,” ablative of rēs

Origin of re3

Middle English < Latin re-, red-

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Word History and Origins

Origin of re1

from Latin

Origin of re2

C18: from Latin , ablative case of rēs thing

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Example Sentences

The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.

Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.

He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.

They would have to get court approval to re-home their children.

Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.

Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.

But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.

They are still comparatively supple, and any misplaced pinnæ may be re-arranged without any difficulty.

A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.

In the next two days he re-wrote the twenty thousand, and on the fifth day he tore it into shreds and threw it to the winds.

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