Definition of regroup in US English:



  • 1Reassemble or cause to reassemble into organized groups, typically after being attacked or defeated.

    with object ‘he regrouped his fighters in the hills’
    no object ‘their heroic resistance gave American forces time to regroup’
    • ‘On 5 August 1940 an Anglo-Polish Military Agreement was signed which regulated the conditions for Polish forces regrouping in the UK.’
    • ‘Some state militaries will deploy massive numbers of child soldiers as a stopgap measure to delay defeat, creating valuable breathing space for their regular army to regroup and rebuild.’
    • ‘The German Air Force was regrouped during June and early July, to open the first stage of the invasion of Britain by destroying the Royal Air Force.’
    • ‘Pershing now had forty-two US divisions at his disposal, each twice the size of its European counterpart, and was able to regroup them in a single army - later divided into two - on the right of the Allied line.’
    • ‘It then dawned on me it was my job to regroup the troops.’
    • ‘The retreating forces regrouped and met up with their main force at the bottom of the hill.’
    • ‘The War Hawks retreated and regrouped, and the Militia tended its wounds.’
    • ‘Once you land make every effort to regroup with as many of our forces as you can.’
    • ‘Once at Corunna, the British troops regrouped and turned the tables on Napoleon.’
    • ‘Cameron's E-mail said that Templar forces were regrouping in the mountains.’
    • ‘‘Most of the outer forces have regrouped at the War Galaxy,’ he began.’
    • ‘Maroon surged into the area they had left, picking off any who were just partially ‘dead’ and regrouping into one main force again.’
    • ‘This is important because as long as your hero, leader, or at least one of the company troops stays alive, they can regroup near a town, or fort and be re-supplied.’
    • ‘Between the slow moving drift of enormous floating meteors, the group of frigates drift through in order to regroup their attack.’
    • ‘In the following weeks the Italian army regrouped and counterattacked.’
    • ‘It was necessary for all parties, both military and civilian, to lay down arms and regroup.’
    • ‘‘All forces regroup in designated sectors and await pick-up and orders,’ the battalion commander ordered.’
    • ‘All remnants of 1832nd and 98th Battalion fall back and regroup!’
    • ‘If the night attack develops the daytime success there should be no gap between the day and night actions so that the enemy could not gain time to move in reserves and fighting equipment or regroup its forces.’
    • ‘The enemies flailed and struggled to regroup before a second attack could be mounted, but they were not successful.’
    • ‘It is not known whether they retain a low profile because the state has taken over most of the field or for tactical reasons, while proceeding to regroup and reorganize themselves.’
    • ‘In the winter of 1778, Washington's ragged army had retreated here to regroup.’
    • ‘While the Indian troops are regrouping in Naples, Foot is met on the fields by a Roman counterattack.’
    • ‘But it is a small force, and they will need to recruit and regroup.’
    • ‘Unable to hold the city, he managed the evacuation adroitly, regrouping his forces at White Plains.’
    • ‘He left in a fast gallop toward the field to regroup his troops and leave the place.’
    • ‘His mission in the counter-offensive was to regroup his armies and seize Rostov-on-Don.’
    • ‘In his hypothetical reverie, he saw that a defeated army could regroup in a matter of weeks and be ready to fight.’
    • ‘There's no place to back out and make contact at another location or regroup your troops.’
    • ‘The military were inclined to see evacuation as a capitulation rather than as an orderly way of regrouping the civilian population.’
    dramatic change, radical change, drastic alteration, radical alteration, complete shift, sea change, metamorphosis, transformation, conversion, innovation, breakaway
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    1. 1.1with object Rearrange (something) into a new group or groups.
      ‘she was regrouping the numeric data’
      • ‘The book, like the exhibition series, regroups works into thematic categories instead of following a linear chronology, resulting in intriguing juxtapositions, sequences and cross-references.’
      • ‘Then he gets to work - he pares down those sounds to their common elements, then separates and regroups those elements into a discernible pattern.’
      • ‘Adam was hard put to gain control of his horse and regroup the cattle before they scattered again.’
      • ‘Both sides regrouped their pieces, but Black has even more problems than before.’
      • ‘It follows the standard New York state 7th and 8th grade science and social studies curricula but regroups the children according to achievement level in reading, writing and math.’
      • ‘Because of statistical constraints resulting from the scarcity of replies in some categories, the data were regrouped.’
      • ‘Many producers also choose to separate the first lactation cows so that they may be monitored more closely during early lactation and may regroup them as they near the end of lactation.’
      • ‘After having spent two years regrouping her ideas and gaining invaluable business experience, she believes it is time to come back with her new program and start afresh.’
      • ‘Now regrouping 18 musicians, the Trincan Steel Orchestra has become a well-known act on the Edmonton scene.’
      • ‘She rested her hands on the doorknob, trying to regroup her emotions and opened the door.’
      • ‘In Paris, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf galleries regrouped artists working with motored and moving constructions.’
      • ‘The facilitators grouped like terms (values and activities) into categories and participants were asked how they would regroup them and why.’
      • ‘I decided to rejoin everyone after I regrouped my emotions and opened the door.’
      • ‘I wish to locate somebody who will enable me to rebuild and regroup my people and their way of life.’
      • ‘The organisation regrouping the seven municipal clinics in Hamburg has a turnover of 800 million euros per year.’
      • ‘Sage is to regroup its far-flung collection of US software companies under a single brand.’
      • ‘Well, thanks to Credit Suisse First Boston and then Michael Bloomberg, we now have regrouped the charity and we're starting again.’
      • ‘Under his Joey Negro guise, veteran dance producer Dave Lee has regrouped his über-talented team for the second instalment from the hybrid boogie collective with the magical Until The End Of Time.’
      • ‘On Results May Vary Mr. Fred Durst has regrouped and reassembled his Limp Bizkit crew (with some lineup changes) and proves once again that he is on the cutting edge of the music world.’
      • ‘She felt that now was the chance to regroup her thoughts once more, she appeared not to be thinking properly as usual.’