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 Feadship builds four to six yachts a year but refits up to 12, Mr. Nefzi said. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Yachts Are for More Than Lounging," 6 Mar. 2020 Hospitals and health workers have particular needs, and some big companies are refitting facilities to produce masks instead of apparel or ventilators instead of autos. Rosabeth Moss Kanter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "4 things workers need from their companies right now," 13 Apr. 2020 That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties and other expenses. Stephen Wade,, "Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021," 30 Mar. 2020 That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties, and other expenses. Stephen Wade, The Christian Science Monitor, "It's official: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 2021," 30 Mar. 2020 Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday the city is considering refitting the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to care for up to 3,000 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 but don’t require ventilators. USA TODAY, "Death rate soars in New Orleans coronavirus 'disaster' that could define city for generations," 27 Mar. 2020 In Spain, Inditex, the parent company of Zara, is also looking into refitting its textile factories to make hospital gowns. New York Times, "Christian Siriano and Dov Charney Are Making Masks and Medical Supplies Now," 21 Mar. 2020 That might involve car plants and others refitting their production lines, building machinery that usually takes at least three months to test and fast-tracking its approval. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Ventilator rush faces regulatory and logistical obstacles," 17 Mar. 2020 Gates also argued that the government should spend billions of dollars to build manufacturing plants for vaccines that would normally provide routine vaccinations (drug companies now handle this, for profit) but could be refitted during a pandemic. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The coronavirus exposes our health care system’s weaknesses. We can be stronger," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2018, the ship underwent a $250 million refit to allow the operation of the F-35B, the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of America’s Largest Warships Is on Fire. It May Never Be Saved.," 13 July 2020 After a refit to bring her up to MSC standards at the Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co in Alabama, the ship was renamed USNS Lance Cpl. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This U.S. Navy Ship Was Actually Built by the Soviet Union," 3 July 2020 Although delivered to the fleet in 2000, the ship didn’t reach its full potential until a refit in 2007. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "France's Next-Gen Aircraft Carrier Begins To Take Shape," 7 July 2020 With 300 berths in its dry dock, the yard carries out roughly a tenth of the refit and repair of all the big yachts in the world. The Economist, "Empty palaces Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts," 27 June 2020 One ship, forward deployed in the South China Sea for example, could swap modules to fulfill different roles without having to return to the U.S. to undergo an expensive and time-consuming refit—at least that was the theory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Wants to Retire a Ship That's Only Six Years Old," 12 Feb. 2020 There’s enough juice to spare to power energy-intensive electromagnetic railguns and laser systems that are added in future refits. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019 The refit could transform the B-1 from an aging bomber on the verge of retirement into a door kicker that would fire the opening shots in a future conflict. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The B-1 Bomber Might Start Slinging Hypersonic Missiles," 9 Apr. 2020 Russian officials have now acknowledged that the October 29 accident involving Russia’s only aircraft carrier and largest floating dry dock has made continuing the refit of the ship impossible. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 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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“Refit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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