[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 reopened

Contemporary Examples of reopened

Historical Examples of reopened

  • Abruptly the doorslide closed again, and then at once it reopened.

    The World Beyond

    Raymond King Cummings

  • The old wound which that gossip had dealt him then was reopened now.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Brand was a man of resource, and in a few minutes she reopened her eyes.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • Mr. Allison on his return had reopened his school, but the pupils were few.

    Rodney, the Ranger

    John V. Lane

  • New roads had been made, and one long since closed had been reopened.

British Dictionary definitions for reopened



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 reopened



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper