[ree-oh-puh n]

verb (used with or without object)

to open again.
to start again; resume: to reopen an argument; to reopen an attack.

Origin of reopen

First recorded in 1725–35; re- + open Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reopen

Contemporary Examples of reopen

Historical Examples of reopen

  • Ranging alongside, he endeavored to reopen the conversation, but to no purpose.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But that is a closed question now; to reopen it were futile.

  • Rosamund should reopen for him that door which, hard-driven by misfortune, he had slammed.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Having nothing better to do at first, he was urged to reopen the school.

  • Then about ten o'clock Basil Pyne has to show up and reopen the subject.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for reopen



to open or cause to open 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 reopen

1733 (transitive), from re- "again" + open (v.). Intransitive sense from 1830. Related: Reopened; reopening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper