- 1[transitive, intransitive] reopen (something) to open a shop/store, theatre, etc. again, or to be opened again, after being closed for a period of time The school was reopened just two weeks after the fire. The museum has now been reopened to the public. The store will reopen at 9 a.m. on 2 January. A number of border crossings have now reopened.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] reopen (something) to deal with or begin something again after a period of time; to start again after a period of time to reopen a discussion The police have decided to reopen the case. Management have agreed to reopen talks with the union. The trial reopened on 6 March. This thought-provoking documentary has reopened the debate on mental health. Idioms to remind somebody of something unpleasant that happened or existed in the past His comments have served only to reopen old wounds.
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpən//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reopen
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpən//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpən//he / she / it reopens
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpənz//past simple reopened
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpənd//past participle reopened
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpənd//-ing form reopening
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈəʊpənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈoʊpənɪŋ//