[verb ree-ruhn; noun ree-ruhn]

verb (used with object), re·ran, re·run, re·running.

to run again.


the act of rerunning.
a showing of a motion picture or television program after its initial run, usually some months or years later.
the motion picture or television program being shown again.
Informal. a person or thing that is merely a restatement or imitation of something familiar; rehash: The plot is just a rerun of every other spy story.

Nearby words

  1. rerelease,
  2. reremai,
  3. reremouse,
  4. rereward,
  5. reroute,
  6. res,
  7. res adjudicata,
  8. res gestae,
  9. res ipsa loquitur,
  10. res judicata

Origin of rerun

First recorded in 1795–1805; re- + run Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reran


verb (riːˈrʌn) -runs, -running or -ran (tr)

to broadcast or put on (a film, play, series, etc) again
to run (a race, etc) again

noun (ˈriːˌrʌn)

a film, play, series, etc, that is broadcast or put on again; repeat
a race that is run again
computing the repeat of a part of a computer program
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Word Origin and History for reran



also re-run, 1804, in reference to races, from re- "back, again" + run (v.). The noun, in reference to film, is recorded from 1934; of television programs from 1955. Related: Reran; rerunning.

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