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 And water refills are minimally invasive with the bladder placed at the hip; gone will be the days of completely emptying out your gear hauler to refit the bladder once replenished. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 Aug. 2022 Moscow has thousands more tanks and given time can refit its tank, motor rifle, and other formations and recommit them to battle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2022 The Turkish shipyard has laid out plans to refit three luxury superyachts severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017 for quite a bargain. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Aug. 2022 One of Russia’s most visible symbols of seapower won’t emerge from refit for at least another two years. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 Ukrainian forces are pushing back Russian troops so successfully that the invaders have been forced to regroup, refit and refocus, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Last week, the official said the Pentagon assessed Russia would use that region to refit and resupply its battalion tactical groups (BTGs) that have been worn down by hard fighting near Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 11 Apr. 2022 Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in interviews with CNN and Fox Business that the U.S. does not view this as a withdrawal but as an attempt by Russia to resupply, refit and then reposition the troops. Aamer Madhani And Nomaan Merchant, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2022 Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in interviews with CNN and Fox Business that the U.S. does not view this as a withdrawal but rather, as an attempt by Russia to resupply, refit and then reposition its troops. CBS News, 30 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the state fresh off a costly refit of the governor’s private property, members of the commission seem sensitive to the optics of spending even more on his official residence. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 The carrier completed just six patrols at sea and just one refit between 1991 and 2015. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 Since 2017, the carrier has been undergoing a refit designed to extend its service life by another decade. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 The overhaul also encapsulates a complete refit of Mirazur's interiors designed by Mauro and Julia with architect Marcelo Joulia. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 The Italian liner, which was first delivered by Cantiere Navale Ferrari in 1989, was treated to a multimillion-dollar refit by Platinum Yachts in 2009. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 June 2022 For instance, an LED lighting refit in collaboration with brewer Greene King saved the client £14,800 a year at a distribution center. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 26 May 2022 At least one old mid-endurance cutter is getting a refit so it can be sent out into the Pacific. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The refit was already trimmed back once due to financial considerations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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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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