re·​tool | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtül How to pronounce retool (audio) \
retooled; retooling; retools

Definition of retool

transitive verb

1 : to reequip with tools
3 : revise, modify

intransitive verb

: to make especially minor changes or improvements retool for the future

Examples of retool in a Sentence

The factory has been retooled. The company is retooling its sales strategies. The company is retooling for the future.
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What is amazing is how UO head coach Robert Johnson and sprints coach Curtis Taylor have retooled. Ken Goe,, "Makenzie Dunmore and the retooled Ducks are in the Pac-12 fight: Oregon track & field rundown," 13 May 2018 Pegged to Tuesday's tax-filing deadline, Republican leaders scheduled a floor vote later this week on a bipartisan package to retool the agency. Ben Steverman,, "Delivering your tax refund is the least of the IRS's problems," 17 Apr. 2018 Part of the reason for the reluctance to change, according to industry experts, is the substantial cost of retooling underwriting systems and potential complications for bond investors. Kenneth R. Harney,, "Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac stick with outdated credit scoring model," 9 Aug. 2017 Ketel Marte, 24, of the Arizona Diamondbacks retooled his swing early last year at Class AAA, attempting to lift and drive the ball more. Greg Pyron, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball: Seven players to target late for stolen bases," 14 Mar. 2018 Along with changing superdelegate rules, the party is promising to retool of its system of nominating caucuses and primaries, with the goal of making them more accessible to voters, including newcomers to Democratic politics. Bill Barrow,, "Democrats say they’ll limit superdelegates, but don’t say how," 11 Mar. 2018 Jaguar Land Rover is moving all production of its Land Rover Discovery SUV to Slovakia from a plant near Birmingham, England, which will be retooled to accommodate a new generation of electric cars. Kaye Wiggins,, "Jaguar Land Rover Prepares for New Era Moving SUV From U.K.," 11 June 2018 Afterward, Bill Belichick had to retool his coaching staff after losing defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who took the Detroit Lions' head job. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Is 'The Patriot Way' about to get in the Patriots' way as key players depart?," 14 Mar. 2018 Scientists have just genetically retooled human cells to act as micro disease sentries and drug factories inside the body. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Engineered Cells Can Create Medicine Inside Your Body," 17 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of retool

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of retool

: to change or replace the tools or machines in (a factory, workshop, etc.)
US : to make changes to (something) in order to improve it

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