re·​en·​gi·​neer | \ (ˌ)rē-ˌen-jə-ˈnir How to pronounce reengineer (audio) \
reengineered; reengineering; reengineers

Definition of reengineer

transitive verb

1 : to engineer again or anew : redesign reengineered the chassis
2 : to reorganize the operations of (an organization) so as to improve efficiency

Examples of reengineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And planners kept trying to harness the volatile energy of the corporate world to reengineer the city, with dramatic results and uneven success. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 Apr. 2021 This year, new general manager Perry Minasian didn’t reengineer the entire team. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 For the last two years, Athleta designers and technical experts have been working with thousands of women to reengineer and expand the brand’s extended sizing offering. CNN Underscored, 31 Mar. 2021 President Joe Biden wants $2 trillion to reengineer America’s infrastructure and expects the nation’s corporations to pay for it., 31 Mar. 2021 Taken together, the events of early March are the most significant yet in China’s efforts to reengineer the boisterous Hong Kong into a more palatable, and more subservient, city. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 Jackson watched as other festivals in Toronto and New York went (mostly) online and tried to reengineer what Sundance would look like in a pandemic. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 31 Dec. 2020 From here, a quietly audacious project to reengineer the environment for livestock got underway, ultimately changing the lives of cattle, deer, and humans throughout the North American continent. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 26 May 2020 Native people reengineered the forests around them, burning land to control underbrush and clear acreage for farming. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reengineer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reengineer

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About reengineer

Time Traveler for reengineer

Time Traveler

The first known use of reengineer was in 1889

See more words from the same year

Statistics for reengineer

Last Updated

6 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Reengineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on reengineer

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reengineer


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!