When a TV or radio station plays a show again, after its first broadcast, that's a rerun. You may have grown up watching reruns of the shows your parents loved when they were kids.

Use rerun as a noun, for the show itself, or a verb, to describe the process of rebroadcasting it: "They rerun this movie every year at Christmas time." When someone used this word in the early nineteenth century, they were talking about races being rerun, or run again. It was first used to mean "television rebroadcast" around 1955.

Definitions of rerun
  1. noun
    a program that is broadcast again
    “she likes to watch `I love Lucy' reruns
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    type of:
    broadcast, program, programme
    a radio or television show
  2. verb
    broadcast again, as of a film
    synonyms: rebroadcast
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    type of:
    air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  3. verb
    rerun a performance of a play, for example
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    type of:
    mount, put on
    prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
  4. verb
    cause to perform again
    “We have to rerun the subjects--they misunderstood the instructions”
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    type of:
    cause to perform
  5. verb
    run again for office
    “Bush wants to rerun in 1996”
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    type of:
    campaign, run
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
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