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


refit a ship for service They're refitting the building with hardwood floors.

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That said, the IMF has been remarkably willing to refit the agreement as circumstances require, expanding its size, speeding up disbursements and even endorsing the central bank’s new intervention policy in April. The Economist, "In Argentina, the IMF has been neither toxic nor triumphant," 21 June 2019 The jet’s interior has been refitted to accommodate just 51 travelers in two-by-two, VIP-style seats, instead of the standard 233 seats, creating a spacious interior that provides the ultimate in comfort. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 New hospitals, care centers, and research facilities are constantly being built, and older ones are being refitted or converted, merged or expanded. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 At the end of the year, the 60 boats parted ways, and the cutter was sent back to New York, then California, to be refitted and deployed to help in the Pacific War. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "Coast Guard cutter that survived D-Day landings being restored by King County couple," 8 June 2019 For the show, Welch is one of 14 designers who try their talented hands at refitting a space in just two days—and with just $2,000. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like to Be a Designer on Trading Spaces," 11 Mar. 2019 The dayslong pause in fighting allowed the SDF, which includes local Arabs, to reposition and refit their fighters. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "U.S.-Backed Forces Push to Capture Islamic State’s Last Territory in Syria," 11 Feb. 2019 The space was ever so slightly too small, forcing the bumpers to be removed in order to get it into the garage without damage and then refitted when the car was removed. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 In 1545, freshly refitted to carry a greater number of heavy cannon, the warship Mary Rose sailed into battle against a French fleet north of the Isle of Wight. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck," 24 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The current refit is supposed to keep Russia’s only carrier around for another 25 years. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Beleaguered Aircraft Carrier Could Be Scrapped If New Repair Yard Can’t Be Found," 9 Apr. 2019 Russian defense spending, minimal well into the late 1990s, saw the ship receive only one refit and complete just six patrols between 1991 and 2015. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Beleaguered Aircraft Carrier Could Be Scrapped If New Repair Yard Can’t Be Found," 9 Apr. 2019 Kuznetsov badly needs to complete an ongoing refit to remain viable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Beleaguered Aircraft Carrier Could Be Scrapped If New Repair Yard Can’t Be Found," 9 Apr. 2019 Built in Germany, the San Juan was delivered in 1984 and underwent a major refit in 2014; other subs intended to be built for the class were put on hold or cancelled, with two unfinished subs cannibalized for parts. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 Nestled among Cypress trees and Monterey pines, the place gives off major '60s vibes thanks to its retro refit, complete with shuffleboard and croquet courts, swimming pools, and fire pits for roasting s'mores. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in California's Secret Wine Country," 8 Jan. 2019 As a result, the completion of the refit of the ship is now delayed indefinitely. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 The refit would install all the necessary equipment to operate a small force of F-35Bs from Izumo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan’s Ships May Carry Fighter Jets, But Don’t Call Them Carriers," 29 May 2018 Miami’s largest commercial health club—for ten years, Blue World will debut the first of its refit 350-passenger ships next spring. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Cruise Trend Is All About Wellness," 19 Jan. 2018

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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

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: to make ready for use again refit a ship

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