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[ree-oh-puh n]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to open again.
  2. to start again; resume: to reopen an argument; to reopen an attack.
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Origin of reopen

First recorded in 1725–35; re- + open
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  • 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


  1. to open or cause to open again
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Word Origin and History for reopen


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

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