[ ree-spawn ]
/ riˈspɔn /

verb (used without object)

(of a character or item in a video game) to reenter an existing game environment at a fixed point after having been defeated or otherwise removed from play:If another player character has already opened the treasure chest, you will have to wait a few minutes for the chest to respawn.


of or relating to the respawning of a character or item in a video game:the respawn rate;respawn animations.

Nearby words

  1. resounding,
  2. resource,
  3. resourceful,
  4. resources,
  5. resp.,
  6. respect,
  7. respectability,
  8. respectability politics,
  9. respectable,
  10. respectant

Origin of respawn

First recorded in 1990–95; re- + spawn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019