re·​fire | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce refire (audio) \
refired; refiring

Definition of refire

1 transitive : to fire (something or someone) again: such as
a : to apply heat to (something, such as pottery) again as part of a manufacturing process … emulated the reflectivity of metalwork by applying metal oxides to white-glazed vessels that were then refired.— Roberta Smith
b : to dismiss (someone) from a position again unfortunately had to refire him after only one month
c : to discharge (something, such as a firearm) again refired the gun after reloading
2 transitive + intransitive : to resume or cause (something) to resume operation : restart Petty's engine stalled and wouldn't refire, and his crew pushed him across, drawing a one-lap penalty …— John Green … he pledged to help refire the country's economic

First Known Use of refire

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Refire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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