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 Qantas is currently refitting its fleet of Airbus A380 double-deckers with the new seats as well, and those should go into service on U.S. routes starting in September. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Best Business Class Seats, and How to Fly Them on Points and Miles," 21 Aug. 2019 Once home in England, the sister ships were hurriedly refitted for what the British believed would be their greatest feat yet: discovery of the Northwest Passage, a route over the top of America from England to Asia. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Monty Python’ alum takes on tale of doomed Franklin expedition in new book," 14 Sep. 2019 Not only the main church but a dozen (slightly) lesser establishments in the vicinity have been refitted, rededicated and redecorated. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Vladimir Putin took an atheist to an ancient monastery," 21 July 2019 Even as Seoul’s basements are refitted for other purposes, South Koreans and their guests will continue to come up with off-key renditions of Queen. The Economist, "Karaoke with colleagues is no longer compulsory in South Korea," 22 Aug. 2019 The plant was built in 2008 but wasn’t finished and never operated until purchased and refitted for biodiesel production. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Again and again she’s taken universally fascinating narratives and refitted them so that they can be newly enjoyed up close, in the detail work, and from afar, as a whole picture. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé Remixed the Meaning of The Lion King," 26 July 2019 Clever the young rapper who takes an ancient English tale and (unconsciously?) refits it for his purposes. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In recent years, the city of Boston and Harvard have spent more than $6 million to renovate Smith Field, including a refit of the amphitheater named for Major General George W. Casey Sr. Kevin Cullen,, "For the general’s son, it really is a wonderful life," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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

Kids Definition of refit

: to make ready for use again refit a ship

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