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[ verb ree-ruhn; noun ree-ruhn ]

verb (used with object)

, re·ran, re·run, re·running.
  1. to run again.


  1. the act of rerunning.
  2. a showing of a motion picture or television program after its initial run, usually some months or years later.
  3. the motion picture or television program being shown again.
  4. 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.



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


  1. a film, play, series, etc, that is broadcast or put on again; repeat
  2. a race that is run again
  3. computing the repeat of a part of a computer program

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rerun1

First recorded in 1795–1805; re- + run

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Example Sentences

We often think of memory as a rerun of the past — a mental duplication of events and sensations that we’ve experienced.

Even I, a staunch Real World fan, was a little excited to see Netflix’s spin on this premise, considering MTV’s current preoccupation with airing Ridiculousness reruns.

Decades later, these at least marginally kid-safe movies had second lives as TV reruns and matinee fodder aimed at children and teens, and inspired imitations like I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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I couldn’t follow the plot when I glanced at a rerun of “The Odd Couple” on TV, let alone news headlines.

Give your youngster a magical mirror that teleports them into the world of shapes, colors, math, science, and never-ending reruns of “Paw Patrol.”

The specter of a potential Tea Party-fueled, Todd Akin rerun in the Georgia Senate race is nearly dead.

They did hundreds of episodes of that show, but that one seems to rerun the most.

This will not and cannot be a rerun of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.

The obvious aim is to blame Obama and the Democrats and rerun the 2010 elections in 2014.

Get those nachos ready and settle in for a rerun of The Daily Beast-certified best Super Bowl commercials.

I didn't see the actual—I didn't see the—but they rerun it that Sunday.

Had you seen the newspaper picture of the lady, Marina Oswald, prior to the time you saw the television rerun on Sunday afternoon?

Even the inner workings of the critical parts have been run and rerun.