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.
Recent Examples on the Web Broome’s decision to come to Auburn was the latest key offseason addition for Pearl’s program as the Tigers retool a roster that won the SEC regular-season title and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. Tom Green |, al, 3 May 2022 The season wasn’t completely lost, but management had already begun contemplating major moves to reshape the roster in an effort to retool for next season. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 The Cardinals needed to bolster a defense that lost Chandler Jones and retool their offensive line. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 Now, Baylor will have to retool for a man-to-man defense in less than 48 hours. Xl Media, cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 One year to the day after the enactment of Mr. Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan — a law that remains broadly popular even if the president, at the moment, is not — Democrats are toiling to retool their message and refocus their agenda. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 The trade further signals that the Blazers are shedding salary and plotting to retool the roster around Lillard, their All-Star point guard. oregonlive, 8 Feb. 2022 In November, President Joe Biden came to GM's grand opening of Factory ZERO where GM spent $2.2 billion to retool it to build the electric Hummer. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2022 For now, Bitcoin’s pullback is a sideshow to the global market declines on the new variant identified as B.1.1.529 as policy makers rush to retool cross-border travel policies. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of retool

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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7 May 2022

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“Retool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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