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re

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[ rey ]
/ reɪ /
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noun Music.
the syllable used for the second tone of a diatonic scale.
(in the fixed system of solmization) the tone D.Compare sol-fa (def. 1).
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Origin of re

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at gamut

Other definitions for re (2 of 10)

re2
[ ree, rey ]
/ ri, reɪ /

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

Origin of re

2
1700–10; <Latin (in the) matter, affair, thing (ablative of rēs)

Other definitions for re (3 of 10)

're
[ er ]
/ ər /

contraction of are: They're leaving.

usage note for 're

Other definitions for re (4 of 10)

Re
[ rey ]
/ reɪ /

noun Egyptian Religion.
Ra.

Other definitions for re (5 of 10)

Re

Symbol, Chemistry.
rhenium.

Other definitions for re (6 of 10)

re-

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.
Also red-.

Origin of re-

Middle English <Latin re-, red-

Other definitions for re (7 of 10)

r.e.

abbreviation Football.
right end.

Other definitions for re (8 of 10)

Re.

or re.


abbreviation
rupee.

Other definitions for re (9 of 10)

R/E

or RE


real estate.

Other definitions for re (10 of 10)

R.E.

abbreviation
real estate.
Reformed Episcopal.
Right Excellent.
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British Dictionary definitions for re (1 of 9)

re1
/ (reɪ, riː) /

noun
music a variant spelling of ray 3

British Dictionary definitions for re (2 of 9)

re2
/ (riː) /

preposition
with reference to

Word Origin for re

C18: from Latin , ablative case of rēs thing

usage for re

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

British Dictionary definitions for re (3 of 9)

re3

the internet domain name for
Reunion Island

British Dictionary definitions for re (4 of 9)

're

contraction of
arewe're; you're; they're

British Dictionary definitions for re (5 of 9)

Re1
/ (reɪ) /

noun
another name for Ra 2

British Dictionary definitions for re (6 of 9)

Re2

the chemical symbol for
rhenium

British Dictionary definitions for re (7 of 9)

Re3

re


symbol for
rupee

British Dictionary definitions for re (8 of 9)

RE

abbreviation for
Reformed Episcopal
Religious Education
Right Excellent
Royal Engineers

British Dictionary definitions for re (9 of 9)

re-

prefix
indicating return to a previous condition, restoration, withdrawal, etcrebuild; renew; retrace; reunite
indicating repetition of an actionrecopy; remarry

Word Origin for re-

from Latin

usage for re-

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)
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Medical definitions for re (1 of 3)

Re

The symbol for the elementrhenium

Medical definitions for re (2 of 3)

RE

abbr.
right extremity

Medical definitions for re (3 of 3)

re-

pref.
Again; anew:rebreathing.
Backward; back:recurvation.
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Scientific definitions for re

Re

The symbol for rhenium.
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