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

transitive verb

: to fit out or supply again

intransitive verb

: to obtain repairs or fresh supplies or equipment


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re·​fit ˈrē-ˌfit How to pronounce refit (audio)
: 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
These land forces, including a retrained and refitted U.S. Marine littoral regiment in Okinawa, will now have the ability to attack warships at sea. John Ismay, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2024 The manse’s gym had to be fully refitted and the A/C recalibrated to ensure the traveler’s ideal temp. The Editors, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 Both sides believe that reaching an acceptable deal is currently impossible; each fears that the other won’t compromise or will use any pause to rest and refit for the next round of fighting. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 5 Mar. 2024 Van Ness’ popular podcast Getting Curious was refitted into a docuseries on Netflix, which has gone dark after one season. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 5 Mar. 2024 For sound, The Spotlight was also refitted with custom L-acoustics and tuned to accommodate diverse programming. Katie Bain, Billboard, 18 Jan. 2024 Production began later in 2021, at first being conducted under contract in Michigan with an unnamed company as GM refitted its CAMI plant in Ingersoll. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 18 July 2023 The other two ships, the Japanese Mutsu (1970) and the German Otto Hahn (1968), were both refitted with diesel engines partway through their service lives. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2024 Two years later, after being salvaged and refitted, the Squalus was renamed the USS Sailfish. Mark Yost, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2024
Delivered in 2004 and last refit in 2011, the yacht’s exterior is defined by banks of windows across the superstructure. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 And when Nero went in for its latest refit in 2021, the tender also got a new coat of paint and varnish, new upholstery and a mechanical overhaul. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 Following Allen’s death in 2018, the current owner bought Tatoosh in 2022 and embarked on a significant refit, which included an interior refresh, full upgrade of the AV/IT systems, and changes to the outdoor spaces. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2024 Having recently undergone an extensive refit, Purpose will be used for both charter and charity, allowing guests the option to get involved with philanthropic aid, from relief efforts to educational fieldwork. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2024 Originally created as a refit of the original Enterprise for 1979's The Motion Picture and used in five other TOS movies between then and 1991, this Enterprise takes the basic shape of the original and gives it a glow-up. Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, Ars Technica, 23 Apr. 2023 Following 20 years of single ownership and with only 4,000 original hours on the engines, the famously private 318-foot yacht, which was snapped up by a new owner in 2022, emerged from a rapid 300-day refit by Lürssen and stole the Monaco Yacht Show. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2023 The team has carried out renovation work before, but this was quite a significant refit. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Sep. 2023 Many suite categories come in two flavors—classic design, with more focus on wood paneling (and bathrooms with tubs), or a more contemporary refit (with larger showers replacing tubs). Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1666, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refit was in 1666

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“Refit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to get ready for use again
refit a ship for service

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