Re has 4 meanings
1. What is re short for in an email?


Re is short for "regarding," which is an abbreviation often used in the subject line of a reply to an email. It indicates that the current message was sent as a reply to a previous message.

There is some disagreement about what "Re" actually means. Some argue that it comes from the Latin phrase "in re," which means "in the matter of." Others argue that it is just an abbreviation for "reply," "replying," or "regarding."

"Re," or "RE," is added to the subject line of the message automatically by the email client when a user in the message thread replies to the original message. The subject line begins with "Re," which is then followed by a colon and the original email title, i.e. "RE: The original message subject."

The abbreviation helps users quickly identify that the email they received is regarding a different, original message that should be included in the thread. You will see it in personal and professional email correspondence when sending emails back and forth.


Did you see the message RE the office party Friday?

When you are overloaded by replies regarding the office party

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Updated December 8, 2020
2. What is re short for in online gaming?


Re is an abbreviation for "Rematch" that is used in online gaming. It is typically sent with a question mark by a player after a game has finished in order to ask the other player if he would like to play again.

The abbreviation is typically only used by gamers that enjoyed playing the previous match and either want to continue their winning streak or have another chance at defeating the opponent. It also implies that the game parameters will all remain the same unless the other player(s) says otherwise.

The "re" abbreviation may also be short for "Replay," in online gaming which can refer to a video replay of the gaming action or is another way to "Rematch." Resident Evil is also commonly abbreviated as "RE."


N1! Re?

Ready for a rematch

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Updated February 19, 2020
3. What is re short for?


A gaming term that means the person wants to play again; usually stated by the loser who want to play again to see if he can win next time; can also mean "redo."


gg re?

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Updated August 6, 2014
4. What does Re stand for?

Resident Evil

An acronym that refers to a series of video games for the PC and various consoles; different releases of the game can be abbreviated RE, RE2, RE3, RE4, and RE5.


The first RE game was released for PlayStation in 1996.

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Updated March 3, 2014

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