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 If major Australian construction companies move into the shore infrastructure improvement game right away, those companies can then move to support America’s decade-long, $25 billion effort to refit the U.S. Navy’s four aging public shipyards. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 To discourage the need to refit costumes in the middle of a run — performance contracts can include clauses requiring actors to maintain a certain weight, monitored via routine weigh-ins. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 The Biden administration pressed Johnson & Johnson to sign up its competitor, Merck, in March to produce its vaccine, and the government committed $105 million to refit a Merck plant in North Carolina for that purpose. New York Times, 3 May 2021 An Iraqi health ministry spokesman said the Ibn al-Khatib hospital, where the fire broke out, and had been renovated last year to refit it for treating Covid patients. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 An Iraqi health ministry spokesperson said the Ibn al-Khatib hospital was built in the 1950s and had been renovated last year to refit it for treating COVID patients., 25 Apr. 2021 But our clients have also increasingly wanted to refit their existing yachts and upgrade their residential spaces. Bill Springer, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 The image also hints at the capability to refit the aircraft with weapon and propulsion upgrades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2021 But part of it is also a former drug rehabilitation center, and foreign donors recently spent millions to refit the place as a tourist site, events space and hostel. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Windermere Adventure Training Centre was opened following a refit costing around $3 million (£2 million). Simon Perry,, 21 Sep. 2021 The exhaustive, two-year refit took the steel and aluminum superyacht down to the studs. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 20 Aug. 2021 But de Guardiola is quick to add that her primary focus with the refit was evolving and not compromising Jon Bannenberg’s iconic design. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 20 Aug. 2021 The ship originally arrived from the U.K. to Iran unarmed in the late 1970s, but a refit in the early 90s added a 76-millimeter Oto Malera rapid fire deck gun and six pairs of 23-millimeter guns to the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 June 2021 As part of the refit, Nero’s original custom 31-ft. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 2 July 2021 One intriguing itinerary starts on Italy's Po River, aboard the 126-passenger La Venezia (fresh off a 2020 refit), before continuing on the Golden Eagle Danube Express, which rolls from Venice to Istanbul. Fran Golden, Travel + Leisure, 27 June 2021 This was not to be case with the Gadhafi plane but still, one thing was clear: Whatever final use it was given, the aircraft was in need of an extensive and thorough refit. Miquel Ros, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will reportedly emerge from its refit in 2022. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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