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I am developing a program, which splits data into small messages. I send these messages one by one to another program in a random order. The other program can restore the original order of the messages.

Can I use reinstate the order or only restore is an appropriate word in this context?

  • You can reorder the messages into their original order. – Hot Licks Oct 10 '15 at 12:33
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It is better to use to restore the order in that case if you want to mean "to put it back to the original order".

Reinstate is more broadly used in a job or position as defined in Merriam-Webster:

to put (someone) back in a job or position that had been taken away

to begin using or dealing with (a law, policy, system, etc.) again

Restore has a closer meaning in:

to return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.

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the suffix "re-" generally means - to do again

reinstate - to instate, or appoint, him to the possition again

restore, however, breaks it a bit by meaning to take back to a previois state according to it's history.

what you're looking for is more of a reassembly so you'll want to use reassemble

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