re·​frame | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfrām How to pronounce reframe (audio) \
reframed; reframing

Definition of reframe

transitive verb

: to frame (something) again and often in a different way Tom, a seasoned renovator, … reframed the crooked doorways …— Gillian Barth The more lines of discoloration there are near the frame edges (from where the mounting paper has been exposed to light), the more times the silhouette has probably been reframed.— Carolyn B. Noyes … deftly reframes the debate, asserting that the war was never about W.M.D.s but about transforming the political dynamic of the region …— Yoni Brenner … cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which patients slowly expose themselves to the places and circumstances that frighten them and reframe the catastrophic thinking that torments them.— Jeffrey Kluger All failures are reframed as "good tries."— Jon Krause

First Known Use of reframe

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Reframe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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