[ree-plant, -plahnt]

verb (used with object)

to plant again.
to cover again with plants, sow with seeds, etc.: After the drought, we had to replant the south lawn.
to transfer (a plant) from one soil or container to another.
Surgery. to reattach, as a severed arm, finger, or toe, especially with the use of microsurgery to reconnect nerves and blood vessels.

Origin of replant

First recorded in 1565–75; re- + plant
Related formsre·plan·ta·tion [ree-plan-tey-shuh n] /ˌri plænˈteɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for replanting

Contemporary Examples of replanting

  • The culprits are not Hasidic Jews running amok around the world or Tea-baggers bent on replanting Christianity among the heathen.

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    Only Muslims Can Stop Muslim Terror

    Leslie H. Gelb

    January 7, 2010

Historical Examples of replanting

  • Testing is easy; replanting is costly and often results in a short crop.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • In such a case, delay in replanting could be avoided by having the seeds on hand.

  • Replanting is unthought of and the young trees are treated as a nuisance.

    History of California

    Helen Elliott Bandini

  • This digging up and replanting is always accompanied by some cutting of roots.

  • The Government is replanting many bare mountain-sides here, as in the Hautes Alpes, in order to improve the soil and climate.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for replanting


verb (tr)

to plant againshe replanted the bulbs that the dog had dug up
to reattach (a severed limb or part) by surgery
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Word Origin and History for replanting



1570s, from re- "back, again" + plant (v.). Related: Replanted; replanting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

replanting in Medicine




To reattach an organ, limb, or other body part surgically to the original site.


An organ, limb, or body part that has been replanted.
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