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[verb ree-in-kahr-neyt; adjective ree-in-kahr-nit, -neyt]
verb (used with object), re·in·car·nat·ed, re·in·car·nat·ing.
  1. to give another body to; incarnate again.
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  1. incarnate anew.
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Origin of reincarnate

First recorded in 1855–60; re- + incarnate
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Examples from the Web for reincarnate

Historical Examples

  • If anybody can attain to perfection in this life, he is no longer bound to reincarnate.


    Swami Abhedananda

  • It happens to be my night to reincarnate and I am glad you are here to keep me company.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • We reincarnate in order to take another crack at the puzzle of evolution.

    The Next Time We Die

    Robert Moore Williams

  • The Great Lama of Thibet is believed to reincarnate immediately after death.

  • Very frequently the soul is believed to reincarnate itself in the body of an animal.

British Dictionary definitions for reincarnate


verb (riːˈɪnkɑːneɪt) (tr; often passive)
  1. to cause to undergo reincarnation; be born again
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adjective (ˌriːɪnˈkɑːnɪt)
  1. born again in a new body
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Word Origin and History for reincarnate


1858, from re- + incarnate. Related: Reincarnated; reincarnating. As an adjective from 1882.

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