re·​cal·​i·​brate (ˌ)rē-ˈka-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce recalibrate (audio)
recalibrated; recalibrating; recalibrates

transitive verb

: to calibrate (something) again
… these systems gradually drift off course so that the navigator periodically needs a fresh point of reference to recalibrate the navigation system.Stefi Weisburd
The problem is that eating more doesn't sate us; we merely recalibrate how much we think we need.Nando Pelusi
recalibration noun
plural recalibrations
Literacy standards were in need of constant recalibration, as each new phase of the war could inflate or deflate the value of existing skills, inflate or deflate the effectiveness of existing induction policies and instructional efforts. Deborah Brandt

Examples of recalibrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford is recalibrating its EV strategy to move away from large, expensive EVs because high prices are the biggest barrier to convincing mainstream car buyers to go electric, Farley said. Keith Naughton, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Additionally, streamers are recalibrating their investments, with a noticeable pivot towards nascent markets like Nigeria, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia. Callum McLennan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 As the industry recalibrates itself from the holiday rush, the hip-hop and R&B worlds are slowly getting back to their weekly tidal waves of new music. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 8 Jan. 2024 At Silhouette Sneakers & Art, a streetwear shop in Tulsa, owner Venita Cooper says there has been a definite drop-off in sales as people recalibrate their spending habits. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 This doesn’t mean simply chasing the latest thing, but recalibrating to maximize adaptability—in an organization’s data infrastructure, workforce planning, and operations. François Candelon, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 Several medical books, for instance, specified that consuming drinks with cinnamon in November and pennyroyal in August could recalibrate the body’s temperature in winter and summer, because one drink was warming while the other was cooling. Meg Leja, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 The success of Hamas’s attack and the scale of Israel’s reaction stunned the axis, which has, as a result, recalibrated its aims and strategy. Narges Bajoghli, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2024 But behind the scenes, Paramore were recalibrating following the conclusion of their 20-year recording contract with Atlantic Records and preparing to launch their next chapter. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recalibrate was in 1883

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“Recalibrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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