retrofit


ret·ro·fit

transitive verb \ˈre-trō-ˌfit, ˌre-trō-ˈfit\

: to provide (something) with new parts that were not available when it was originally built

Full Definition of RETROFIT

1
:  to furnish (as a computer, airplane, or building) with new or modified parts or equipment not available or considered necessary at the time of manufacture
2
:  to install (new or modified parts or equipment) in something previously manufactured or constructed
3
:  to adapt to a new purpose or need :  modify <retrofit the story for a new audience>
ret·ro·fit \ˈre-trō-ˌfit\ noun

Examples of RETROFIT

  1. The factory has been retrofitted to meet the new safety regulations.
  2. We can retrofit your car with the new fuel system.

First Known Use of RETROFIT

1953

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

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