re·​make | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈmāk How to pronounce remake (audio) \
remade\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈmād How to pronounce remade (audio) \; remaking

Definition of remake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make anew or in a different form


re·​make | \ ˈrē-ˌmāk How to pronounce remake (audio) \

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 How to pronounce remaker (audio) \ 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

Talk about pop-ception: A K-pop girl group that features Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese members just remade a song by one of America’s most iconic boy bands for the Japanese market. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Twice Releases '50s Themed Music Video For Remake of Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back': Watch," 14 June 2018 Austria is remaking its public media through financial cuts and attacks on outlets that criticize the new nationalist government. Melissa Hooper, The New Republic, "A Humble Proposal to Sanction Some Hungarian Kleptocrats," 4 Apr. 2018 The hedge fund has been pressuring MDC to make executive changes for some time and likewise told the company that its board needed to be remade, according to a filing FrontFour made in November. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Activist Investor Launches Fight for Board Seats at MDC Partners," 2 Jan. 2019 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's win on Tuesday gave a lot of hope to progressives trying to remake the Democratic party. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 1, 2018," 1 July 2018 The tin roof and wood from the old garage was used for the back awning of the new home and century-old Douglas fir salvaged from another project was remade into window sills. Janet Eastman,, "A new cottage takes the place of an old garage: Friends and AirBnB guests invited (photos)," 12 Feb. 2018 To make such dark documents actually funny is a feat of appropriation and historical revision in which Mr. Ligon doesn’t just make history, but remakes it in his own image. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 The effort to update the airline’s look comes as the former niche low-cost carrier remakes itself into a no-frills budget airline. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Sun Country: Workers will vote on new airplane paint scheme," 4 June 2018 With the international order under siege from actors that would remake it in their own illiberal image, the Trump administration is acting to preserve a just, transparent and free world of sovereign states. Kiron Skinner, WSJ, "Trump Defends the International Order," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For better or worse, that is not how Jordan Peele's remake plays. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jordan Peele's Take on The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Breaks from the Original," 3 Apr. 2019 Elle is aware that this kind of story is captivating for audiences, as evidenced by the sheer number of films with similar arcs, like the aforementioned La La Land and the recent Lady Gaga–led remake of A Star Is Born. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Elle Fanning on Ariana Grande, Fame, and Her New Movie Musical "Teen Spirit"," 3 Apr. 2019 But the team behind Black Mesa, an unofficial remake, released an evocative trailer for their game’s final levels. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 In fact, this remake is nearly three hours long ... and packed full of musical numbers that let Garland's voice truly shine. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 2019 But the story told in the 2018 version of the film is far from the one told in the original film (or the other two remakes, for that matter). Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 2019 Watch the 1954 Movie The next remake came out in 1976 and starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born Isn't Based on a True Story, But Real-Life People Definitely Inspired It," 22 Feb. 2019 ShutterstockGetty Images For better or worse, Hollywood is really into remakes right now. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," 15 Feb. 2019 After the video went viral (amassing over nine million views on Twitter), Rachel was reportedly selected to star opposite Ansel Elgort as Maria in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, and Other Celebs Who Covered 'Shallow' From 'A Star Is Born'," 22 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce remake (audio) \
remade\ -​ˈmād \; remaking

Kids Definition of remake

: to make again or in a different form

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