re·​make | \(ˌ)rē-ˈmāk \
remade\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈmād \; remaking

Definition of remake 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make anew or in a different form


re·​make | \ˈrē-ˌmāk \

Definition of remake (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is remade especially : a new version of a motion picture

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remaker \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈmā-​kər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remake

Synonyms: Verb

alter, change, make over, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, vary

Antonyms: Verb

fix, freeze, set, stabilize

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Examples of remake in a Sentence


They will be remaking the film with American actors. one of those people who left the security and conformity of a small town to remake their lives in the big city


The director's next project will be a remake of King Kong.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lantern had been a minority backer of that prior deal, which promised to remake the company as a female-friendly show business enterprise and establish a settlement fund to compensate women who say Weinstein abused them. Ryan Faughnder,, "Bankruptcy judge approves $21-million price cut in Weinstein Co. sale, expected to close Friday," 11 July 2018 There is potential in college hoops to remake a roster overnight (or in one recruiting cycle), and a six-scholarship class provides that opportunity for Mack. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Insider: Why the next few weeks are vital for Chris Mack, Cards," 9 July 2018 The value of literature in times of chaos is as a reminder of the artificiality of the present, its capacity to be made and remade, and of the need for a continuous vigilance against the denial of interpretation. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "When Hamlet Starts Showing Up in Federal Court," 13 June 2018 While there’s a beauty in the simplicity of its narrative, contrasted by the complexity of grief through which O’Barr was inspired by- a result of his own personal tragedy, The Crow has been one of the most challenging films for Hollywood to remake. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018 The seminary is also coping with changes in theological education and religious practice and commitment that are remaking faith life. Kristin E. Holmes,, "Lutheran seminary gets a heavenly bequest of $30 million," 30 May 2018 Redistricting recognized the shifting demographics that have remade the region from a once-solid Republican enclave. Trip Gabriel,, "Trump supporter Barletta wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 16 May 2018 The first one was about all those trades that remade the Cavaliers: This one is aimed at Drake himself and is told from James’s perspective: This one is just generally great: Great job, Internet. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Listen to fans mock Drake with LeBron James 'God's Plan' parodies," 7 May 2018 Gotham is one of several indoor farming startups that is trying to remake the face of agriculture by improving yields and reducing the use of resources needed in food production. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Urban Agriculture Startup Gotham Greens Closes $29 Million Round of Funding," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Disney prepares to release several live-action remakes of animated classics, Aladdin is no exception. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 This cult anime classic is back for a live action remake, as the badass heroine assassin Aeon Flux teams up with a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity. Daniel Holloway,, "MTV launches studio, sets 'Daria,' 'Real World,' 'Aeon Flux' revivals," 21 June 2018 Unlike Disney's previous live-action remakes, this one won’t mirror the original. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018 Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is kind of unusual in the lineup of live-action remakes Disney has made thus far because, well, it's directed by Tim Burton. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Trailer for Tim Burton's Live-Action Dumbo Is Only a Little Scary," 13 June 2018 McCrary is set to play young Simba in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "'Lion King' Actor JD McCrary Gets a Surprise Lunch Visit From Logic," 23 Mar. 2018 Disney is having trouble finding the right lead stars for the upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed Were in the Running to Play Aladdin in the Live-Action Remake," 11 July 2017 Dan Stevens, the guy who left Downton too soon, will be playing the Beast to Emma Watson's Belle in the live-action remake of the classic movie. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Here's Your First Look at the 'Beauty and the Beast' Set," 31 July 2015 As for Aladdin specifically, a live remake of the acclaimed love story offers not only a new take on the story, but also an opportunity to promote further diversity in Disney's repertoire. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of remake


circa 1635, in the meaning defined above


1936, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of remake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a new or different version of (something, such as a movie, song, etc.)

: to make (something) into something else



English Language Learners Definition of remake (Entry 2 of 2)

: a new or different version of a movie, song, etc.


re·​make | \ˌrē-ˈmāk \
remade\ -​ˈmād \; remaking

Kids Definition of remake

: to make again or in a different form

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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