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 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, "The U.S. Is Spending Millions of Dollars Rearing Flesh-Eating Worms," 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, "Ground Control," 25 May 2020 So Andre and Marty set out to reengineer a mutant version of the LLC enzyme by studying its crystal structure and identifying amino acids at binding sites for PET's ethylene glycol and terephthalate groups. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Mutant Enzyme Could Make Recycling Worthwhile," 13 Apr. 2020 Work stations have been reengineered to increase the distance between workers, said Sean Suggs, president of Toyota’s big assembly plant in Mississippi. NBC News, "Automakers adjust to 'new normal' as they prepare to reopen plants," 27 Apr. 2020 The all-wheel-drive Macan Turbo at full whack is a feel-good happy pill reengineered as something that looks like a compact crossover. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Porsche's Updated Macan Turbo Remains a Hot SUV Benchmark," 10 Mar. 2020 Both are using technology—and real women's measurements—to reengineer lingerie that's more size-inclusive and representative of women's bodies. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "21 Best Lingerie Brands for Every Type of Mood," 11 Feb. 2020 Back in Chicago, our river literally runs backward, the whole thing reengineered to flush sewage away from the lake. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, "Blood. Bruises. Cow Pies. Our Anniversary on the "Divorce River"," 27 Jan. 2020 Molecular biologist Omar Akbari of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues reengineered the human antidengue antibody to simplify its structure, making its gene easier to insert into the mosquito genome. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Genetically engineered mosquitoes resist spreading any form of dengue," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of reengineer

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reengineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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