or re-en·ter


verb (used with object)

to enter again: The guests reentered the reception room after dinner.
to participate in once more; resume: to reenter politics after a long absence; mothers reentering the work force after their children are grown.
to record again, as in a list or account.

verb (used without object)

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of re-enter

Historical Examples of re-enter

  • Or it may not have been etiquette for him to re-enter France when appointed ambassador.

    A Modern Telemachus

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I did not hear him re-enter, and in the morning I found he was still away.

    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

  • They were destined to re-enter circulation and their fineness was therefore prescribed in the same manner as that of coin.

  • The one turned her horse toward the cliff, while the other reined Mauchacho about to re-enter the Big Draw.

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick

  • As for himself, he resolved to re-enter Carthage in order to obtain soldiers and begin the war again.


    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for re-enter


verb (tr)

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