- Reinstate is to restore someone or something to a previous position or status.
When you fire an employee because of a scandal and it later turns out the accusations were not true and you hire him back to his original position, this is an example of a time when you reinstate him to his original position.
transitive verbre·in·stat·ed, re·in·stat·ing, re·in·states
- To bring back into use or existence.
- To restore to a previous condition or position.
(third-person singular simple present reinstates, present participle reinstating, simple past and past participle reinstated)