or re-en·ter

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verb (used with object)
  1. to enter again: The guests reentered the reception room after dinner.
  2. to participate in once more; resume: to reenter politics after a long absence; mothers reentering the work force after their children are grown.
  3. to record again, as in a list or account.
verb (used without object)
  1. to enter again: The butler exits and reenters at stage left.

Origin of reenter

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at re-, enter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for re-enter

Contemporary Examples of re-enter

Historical Examples of re-enter

  • I'll just re-enter that bet to the Little Woman while I think of it.


    W. A. Fraser

  • I had left Molire's Theatre, and was not to re-enter it until twelve years later.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He shall know, when you re-enter his doors, why and for what cause you are there.

  • Simply, papa, that it is a house I will not re-enter, that's all.


    Charles James Lever

  • It did not occur to him to re-enter the bedroom;—afterwards he wondered why.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

British Dictionary definitions for re-enter


verb (tr)
  1. to enter (something or somewhere) again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for re-enter

late 15c., from re- + enter. Related: Re-entered; re-entering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper