Main definitions of re in English

: re1re2RE3Re4

re1

Pronunciation /reɪ//riː/

preposition

  • 1In the matter of (used typically as the first word in the heading of an official document or to introduce a reference in a formal letter)

    ‘re: invoice 87’
    about, concerning, regarding, with regard to, relating to, apropos, apropos of, on the subject of, respecting, in respect of, with respect to, with reference to, as regards, in the matter of, in connection with, referring to, touching on
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    1. 1.1 About; concerning.
      ‘I saw the deputy head re the incident’
      about, concerning, regarding, with regard to, relating to, apropos, apropos of, on the subject of, respecting, in respect of, with respect to, with reference to, as regards, in the matter of, in connection with, referring to, touching on
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Usage

The traditional view is that re should be used in headings and references, as in Re: Ainsworth versus Chambers, but not as a normal word meaning ‘about’, as in I saw the deputy head re the incident. However, the evidence suggests that re is now widely used in the second context in official and semi-official contexts, and is now generally accepted. It is hard to see any compelling logical argument against using it as an ordinary English word in this way

Origin

Latin, ablative of res ‘thing’.

Pronunciation

re

/reɪ//riː/

Main definitions of re in English

: re1re2RE3Re4

re2

noun

  • variant spelling of ray

Main definitions of re in English

: re1re2RE3Re4

Re3

proper noun

  • variant spelling of Ra

Pronunciation

Re

/reɪ/

  • The chemical element rhenium.

Main definitions of re in English

: re1re2RE3Re4

RE4

  • 1Religious education (as a school subject).

  • 2(in the UK) Royal Engineers.

Pronunciation

RE

/ɑːrˈiː/