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prefix re- pronunciation in British English /riː/
  1. 1
    again: used with many verbs, nouns, or adjectives

    Previous applicants need not reapply.

    the re-election of the Mayor

    reheated soup

  2. 2
    again in a different way: used with many verbs, nouns, or adjectives

    We've decided to redecorate the kitchen.

    a rearrangement of our plans

    a completely rewritten script

  3. 3
    back to the way that something was before: used with many verbs and nouns

    She reappeared a few minutes later.

    the recapture of the city

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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