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

Getty ImagesGP Images Sequels, remakes, and reboots are everywhere now. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Awkwafina Will Be in the 'Jumanji' Sequel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Confirms on Twitter," 6 Jan. 2019 Trump's choice to replace Kennedy — a swing vote on the nine-member court — has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions. Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro,, "Former Notre Dame professor among Trump's finalists for Supreme Court, source says," 5 July 2018 Ford can remake the area and rebrand what the company does with this type of bold move. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Morouns out: Ford sends invitations for Detroit train station party," 11 June 2018 The titans of aerospace have scrambled to remake themselves, or die, in the new world where Musk is not a pretender but the leading protagonist. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 First, Zack Greinke had to remake himself as a baseball player, overcoming a social anxiety disorder that nearly wrecked his career to be baseball's best starting pitcher. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Herrera's gone, what's next for Royals and worrisome about Chiefs," 19 June 2018 Today, the electronics retailer is back on its feet, having remade itself as a vibrant physical retailer immersed in the digital age. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 The Arena school, which had 94 students in its final months, tried remaking itself into a public charter school with a STEM focus in 2014, receiving grants of more than $350,000 for new iPads and laptops, teacher training and consultants. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "School’s Closed. Forever.," 13 June 2018 In recent months, however, the libertarian-leaning network had sought to remake itself as independent of the GOP. Washington Post, "‘The movement now transcends the Kochs.’ What David Koch’s departure means for the political network he helped build.," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Next year is shaping up to be a great one for remakes of your favorite childhood flicks. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Everybody Loves The Lion King’s New Teaser Trailer," 23 Nov. 2018 Disney unveiled the teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1992 animated classic, revealing a glimpse at the titular hero, played by Mena Massoud. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Remake Already Has a Teaser Trailer," 12 Oct. 2018 The official trio for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels remake has been confirmed, so say good morning to your new Angels: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska Confirmed for New Charlie's Angels Remake," 27 July 2018 The whole thing is essentially a shot-by-shot remake of the 1994 film's trailer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The First Trailer for the Live-Action 'Lion King' Starring Beyoncé and Donald Glover Is Here," 24 Nov. 2018 The trailer is almost a shot-by-shot remake of scenes from the animated version, with the iconic Elton John soundtrack blaring over its stunning visuals. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Disney's The Lion King Trailer Is Here, & It Looks Just Like the '90s Classic," 23 Nov. 2018 In addition to the news of the Taylor-Joy project, it was also announced that Clueless is getting a remake. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works," 26 Oct. 2018 Like the previous Kiwami, this is a full-on remake of the PS2 original. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4," 28 Aug. 2018 The 2005 Humming Urban Stereo hit got a remake in the form of a sweet rendition from the two vocalists. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "5 Highlights From the Second Night of KCON 2018 NY," 25 June 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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