re|o|pen [ ,ri`oupən ] verb intransitive or transitive
1. ) if a process reopens or someone reopens it, it begins again after a pause:
The two sides have decided to reopen negotiations.
2. ) if a store, restaurant, theater, etc. reopens or someone reopens it, it opens again to customers after being closed for a period of time:
The theater will reopen next week with a production of Hamlet.
a ) if a border or road reopens, or someone reopens it, you can cross it or travel on it again after it was closed for a period of time
reopen old wounds
to make someone think again about a disagreement or bad experience that they had forgotten

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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