re·​fig·​ure | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce refigure (audio) \
refigured; refiguring; refigures

Definition of refigure

transitive verb

1 : to figure again or anew
2 : to give new meaning or use to refigure classic texts

Examples of refigure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Muldrow does what Black artists have always done uniquely well — signify upon, revise and refigure a theme, expanding an existing form through a clever new one. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 That has affected local organizations including the Houston Choral Society who has been forced to refigure their presentation of music for the safety of both their performers and patrons. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 14 Aug. 2020 On the flip side, the onus is on opponents to refigure the Spurs out, a task that continues with today’s game against rookie star Ja Morant and the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies. Jeff Mcdonald,, 1 Aug. 2020 The provision was sought by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to help businesses avoid having to refigure withholdings for thousands of employees who have been working remotely for weeks to avoid spreading the deadly coronavirus. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2020 The film works to refigure the identity of the assassination buff, registering his or her inquest as essentially futile. Art Simon, Slate Magazine, 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of refigure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Refigure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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