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

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

Examples of reframe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Valuing that could reframe defeat into an accomplishment. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 If the Bruins can beat Gonzaga, reframing the possibilities once again, there may be no surprises left. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 There is certainly value in reframing some common and often insensitive questions. Nell Frizzell, Glamour, 20 Nov. 2023 The seven-day program includes meditating, practicing gratitude, feeling awe, performing acts of kindness, practicing active listening, affirming values, and finding silver linings by reframing past hardships. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 14 Nov. 2023 Simultaneously, cognitive reframing empowers individuals to reshape their perception of family interactions, paving the way for more positive and productive experiences. Chanda Reynolds, Essence, 15 Nov. 2023 Democrats' divisions on Israel burst into view In recent speeches, Trump has tried to reframe his presidency as a time of prosperity at home and tranquility abroad, arguing that Biden has squandered both. Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 The lens of Blair’s condition offers an important reframing of her early career. Fortesa Latifi, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2023 Perhaps fittingly, the film that reframed the end of the Beatles would bring them together one last time. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reframe was in 1592

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“Reframe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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