re·​fit | \(ˌ)rē-ˈfit \
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, (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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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 During the 1950s many of the Essex-class carriers were refitted and several new classes were built, each larger than the last. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 Most of Russia’s Backfires are 30 years old or older and were recently refitted with the new SVP-24 Gefest digital sighting and navigation system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Aging Bomber Could Sling Mach 10 Missiles," 5 July 2018 The price could be cheaper if the city can refit an existing building. Justin Madden,, "Accident closes portion of Interstate 271 in Warrensville Heights," 30 Apr. 2018 Blackbeard intended to refit his remaining sloop and head to the Bahamas. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 The old ship eventually became refitted a third time for the Viet Nam War., "George Rowland Brown Jr.," 6 June 2018 Much of the outlay has been on building or refitting 12 new stadiums, modernizing 20 railway stations, repairing hundreds of kilometers of roads and expanding airports. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Russia opens World Cup 2018 with thumping win over Saudi Arabia," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Russia hopes the refit will allow the carrier to stay in operation for another 25 years. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Dilapidated Aircraft Carrier To Get a Downer of an Upgrade," 12 Oct. 2017 Neglected in the post Cold War years, the ship underwent only one refit, from 1996 to 1998. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Dilapidated Aircraft Carrier To Get a Downer of an Upgrade," 12 Oct. 2017 One of Northbrook's shopping strips is on the way to getting a refit that will start with replacing three outmoded signs with two new ones, but change is difficult in coming. Irv Leavitt,, "Panel split on bigger signs at Northbrook's Dunbrook Center," 13 June 2017 Brazil's economy has been in recession since mid-2014 and the cost of a new carrier and new airplanes will be in the billions—far more than going ahead with São Paulo's 20-year refit. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Brazil is Retiring Its Only Aircraft Carrier," 16 Feb. 2017 Rydon carried out the refit of the high-rises between May 2006 and October 2009, Britain’s Press Association reported. Washington Post, "London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels," 22 June 2017

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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 \
refitted; refitting

Kids Definition of refit

: to make ready for use again refit a ship

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