verb (used with object), re·in·stat·ed, re·in·stat·ing.

to put back or establish again, as in a former position or state: to reinstate the ousted chairman.

Origin of reinstate

First recorded in 1620–30; re- + instate
Related formsre·in·state·ment, re·in·sta·tion, nounre·in·sta·tor, nounnon·re·in·state·ment, nounun·re·in·stat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reinstate

Contemporary Examples of reinstate

Historical Examples of reinstate

  • It was only through memory that she could reinstate herself.

  • The evenings with her did something to reinstate him in his own self-esteem.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It means that if there has been crooked work we've got to show it up in order to reinstate you.

  • “It wasn't so dreadful what I did,” she muttered, to reinstate herself.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives

    Elizabeth Strong Worthington

  • They will set up again the law courts and reinstate the hangman.

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin

British Dictionary definitions for reinstate



(tr) to restore to a former rank or condition
Derived Formsreinstatement, nounreinstator, noun
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Word Origin and History for reinstate

1590s, from re- + instate. Related: Reinstated; reinstating.

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