Definition of reoffend in US English:



[no object]
  • Commit a further offense.

    ‘people who reoffend while on bail’
    • ‘One thousand of those had reoffended, he said, some committing violent and sex crimes.’
    • ‘The majority of convicted substance abusers treated under a flagship Government scheme to combat drug addiction have reoffended, new figures reveal.’
    • ‘Even with those who reoffend, there can be a relatively good story.’
    • ‘She pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was ordered to carry out a three-month action plan, with 18 hours of reparation, and was warned that if she reoffends, she could be locked up.’
    • ‘They risked being fully incarcerated if they reoffended - and few did.’
    • ‘If there is any question that that person might reoffend, particularly involving children, then we would not accept them.’
    • ‘She has not reoffended since the order was imposed on her, so it is obviously having some effect.’
    • ‘The approach that is being taken in the bill is the approach of concealment, which is the proper approach, because if somebody reoffends, then the offence can re-emerge.’
    • ‘The Home Office is evaluating its effectiveness in the Thames Valley where, out of 48 registered serious sex offenders, none reoffended in the year from April 2003.’
    • ‘The judge said the 17-year-old, who was 15 when he offended against the boys, aged eight and seven, had not reoffended while on bail during the proceedings and had been of previous good character.’
    • ‘It allows people who made stupid mistakes as teenagers and never reoffended to put their past behind them and get on with their lives.’
    • ‘If he reoffends, he will automatically go back to jail for three years.’
    • ‘Now an evaluation report produced by the Probation Service is recommending it be extended to benefit other types of offenders, after figures showed that of 45 rioters already released, only two have reoffended.’
    • ‘If it wasn't for them, I think I'd have reoffended.’
    • ‘Under it he will serve a five-year jail sentence, plus three years of extra supervision by the probation service during which he can be put back in prison if he reoffends.’
    • ‘He jailed the child abuser for seven years and warned him that if he breaks his parole or reoffends during the supervision period of the sentence, he could go back behind bars for a further six and a half years.’
    • ‘Of the 20 ex-prisoners who have taken part, to date only four have reoffended.’
    • ‘A man given a ‘last chance’ at Kirkwall Sheriff Court and who reoffended within a week, has been jailed for three months.’
    • ‘The judges sentenced the priest to two months in jail, suspended for five months - meaning he will not go to prison unless he reoffends within the next five months.’
    • ‘There's no evidence before me that this man is a threat to women and is likely to reoffend.’