re·​fit | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfit How to pronounce refit (audio) \
refitted; refitting; refits

Definition of refit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fit out or supply again

intransitive verb

: to obtain repairs or fresh supplies or equipment


re·​fit | \ ˈrē-ˌfit How to pronounce refit (audio) , (ˌ)rē-ˈfit \

Definition of refit (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of refitting especially : a refitting and renovating of a ship

Examples of refit in a Sentence

Verb refit a ship for service They're refitting the building with hardwood floors.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To discourage the need to refit costumes in the middle of a run — performance contracts can include clauses requiring actors to maintain a certain weight, monitored via routine weigh-ins. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 The Biden administration pressed Johnson & Johnson to sign up its competitor, Merck, in March to produce its vaccine, and the government committed $105 million to refit a Merck plant in North Carolina for that purpose. New York Times, 3 May 2021 An Iraqi health ministry spokesman said the Ibn al-Khatib hospital, where the fire broke out, and had been renovated last year to refit it for treating Covid patients. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 An Iraqi health ministry spokesperson said the Ibn al-Khatib hospital was built in the 1950s and had been renovated last year to refit it for treating COVID patients., 25 Apr. 2021 But our clients have also increasingly wanted to refit their existing yachts and upgrade their residential spaces. Bill Springer, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 The image also hints at the capability to refit the aircraft with weapon and propulsion upgrades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2021 But part of it is also a former drug rehabilitation center, and foreign donors recently spent millions to refit the place as a tourist site, events space and hostel. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Feadship builds four to six yachts a year but refits up to 12, Mr. Nefzi said. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One intriguing itinerary starts on Italy's Po River, aboard the 126-passenger La Venezia (fresh off a 2020 refit), before continuing on the Golden Eagle Danube Express, which rolls from Venice to Istanbul. Fran Golden, Travel + Leisure, 27 June 2021 This was not to be case with the Gadhafi plane but still, one thing was clear: Whatever final use it was given, the aircraft was in need of an extensive and thorough refit. Miquel Ros, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will reportedly emerge from its refit in 2022. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2021 In short, the Coast Guard Yard has a long history of supporting the Navy, and there is no reason to keep the Coast Guard Yard from supporting more emergent naval refit work today. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Originally launched in 2020 as Blue Ocean, the YS 5009 support vessel underwent a total refit to meet Rothberg’s exacting requirements. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2021 The submarine underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012, according to the Indonesian cabinet secretariat. Masrur Jamaluddin For Cnn, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Other open source data helps confirm this: a tender for business issued by the Xinjiang government in 2017, reviewed by CNN, seeks a $21 million refit and expansion of the camp -- described as a Legal Education Transformation School. James Griffiths, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Also from Burgess, following a 2020 refit, Lady E will cruise the Galápagos Islands, from $595,000 per week. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of refit


1666, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1799, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of refit

: to make (something, such as a boat) ready for use again especially by adding new parts


re·​fit | \ ˌrē-ˈfit How to pronounce refit (audio) \
refitted; refitting

Kids Definition of refit

: to make ready for use again refit a ship

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