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

Hershey Chief Executive Michele Buck said the deal was part of her plan to remake the 100-year-old candy icon as a broader snacking company.... James Freeman, WSJ, "Hershey Takes Customers Seriously, Not Literally," 27 Sep. 2018 Ford laid out a billion-dollar plan to remake its Dearborn, Mich., locations into a high-tech, Silicon Valley-like campus. New York Times, "Ford Changed Leaders, Looking for a Lift. It’s Still Looking.," 24 Apr. 2018 Members of a huge delegation led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudis are part of a three-week tour of the U.S. aimed at increasing ties and helping with Riyadh’s ambitious plan to remake its economy into one based less on oil. Vivian Nereim,, "Rich Saudis Take Over Another Hotel—But No Prisoners This Time," 28 Mar. 2018 This time around it’s purchased the rights to Outcast, the open-world adventure game released way back in 1999—and apparently remade as Outcast: Second Contact in 2017. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 The killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a onetime royal insider turned government critic, provoked a global backlash against Saudi Arabia, straining the kingdom’s U.S. ties and casting a shadow over an effort to remake its oil-dependent economy. WSJ, "Year of Living Dangerously With Friends and Foes," 17 Dec. 2018 MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid phone brand, is remaking its image in an attempt to appeal to more people. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "T-Mobile rebrands prepaid line to emphasize network coverage," 24 Sep. 2018 On a recent day, Ford stood in a Chevy Chase living room where French doors framed a leafy green backyard and wowed a dozen potential donors with her plan to remake the District’s reputation in Congress in 10 years or less. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Eleanor Holmes Norton, seeking 15th term, faces Democratic challenger in DC primary," 15 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Classic television revivals and live-action film remakes seem to have taken over our screens in recent years. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Unsolved Mysteries' Is Getting a Netflix Reboot So Prepare to Have Nightmares Forever," 24 Jan. 2019 Richard Cartwright/Touchstone/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock For better or worse, Hollywood is really into remakes right now. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Should Star in a 10 Things I Hate About You Remake?," 23 Jan. 2019 Giving us a live-action remake of Back to The Future, the fashion house sent models down a moving conveyor belt runway for its Fall 2019 Menswear show in Paris. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Models Stood on a Conveyor Belt Instead of Walking the Runway at Dior Men's," 18 Jan. 2019 The first film version of A Star Is Born was released in 1937, followed by the 1954 version with Garland, a 1976 remake with Barbra Streisand, and most recently Bradley Cooper's interpretation starring Gaga. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Accidentally Pays Tribute to Judy Garland's 'A Star Is Born' Look at Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Catch it now before the American version comes along—Ars Technica pal Jake Gyllenhaal is already linked to an English-language remake. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Following the release of an October teaser, the team behind Disney's live-action Aladdin remake shared the first set of photographs from the upcoming film. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your First Peek at the “Aladdin” Live-Action Cast in Their Movie Wardrobe," 19 Dec. 2018 Notably missing from the deal is The Witches, which saw a film adaptation in 1990, and has a remake currently in the works. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Netflix announces new animated adaptations of Willy Wonka, Matilda, The BFG, and other Roald Dahl books," 27 Nov. 2018 The first trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action Kim Possible remake is finally here! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney Releases Live-Action "Kim Possible" Trailer," 8 Dec. 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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