verb (used with object)

to form into a new or restructured group or grouping.

verb (used without object)

to become reorganized in order to make a fresh start: If the plan doesn't work, we'll have to regroup and try something else.
Military. to become organized in a new tactical formation.

Origin of regroup

First recorded in 1880–85; re- + group
Related formsre·group·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regrouping

Contemporary Examples of regrouping

  • Al Qaeda has been regrouping in next-door Yemen, where security is poor and operational activity is much easier for the group.

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    Al Qaeda's New Murder Plot

    Bruce Riedel

    August 28, 2009

  • The Taliban may be officially out of power (hiding and regrouping wherever), but their grip on the culture is vicious.

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    Afghanistan's Got Talent

    Caryn James

    June 23, 2009

Historical Examples of regrouping

British Dictionary definitions for regrouping



to reorganize (military forces), esp after an attack or a defeat
(tr) to rearrange into a new grouping or groupings
(intr) to consider using different tactics after a setback in a contest or argument
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 regrouping



also re-group, 1838, from re- "again" + group (v.). Related: Regrouped; regrouping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper