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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And while law enforcement is overwhelmingly a local priority, the federal government already offers numerous subsidies to police departments and local governments that could be retooled to better target the interventions Abt spotlights. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "A Plan to Cut the Murder Rate that Conservatives Should Get Behind," 11 July 2019 Entering his sixth season in Seattle, however, Petersen’s got a challenge in front him to retool his team. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs football opponent preview: Washington Huskies retool for another run at Pac-12 title," 11 July 2019 The plan to make an electric XJ was announced as part of a £1 billion ($1.25 billion) investment the company will make to retool its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich in the UK ahead of a greater push into electric vehicles. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Jaguar’s next EV will be an electric XJ sedan," 5 July 2019 Owner Mark Cuban decided to retool after their NBA championship two years prior, allowed Tyson Chandler to leave and struck out with Howard. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "What Pacers fans need to watch in NBA free agency," 22 May 2019 Here are five reasons to help explain: The biggest question heading into the offseason was how general manager Stan Bowman would retool the defense, the main reason the Hawks allowed the second-most goals in the league last season. Jimmy Greenfield,, "5 reasons the Blackhawks (probably) won’t make a big splash when free agency starts today," 1 July 2019 Lawmakers are technically retooling an earlier piece of legislation, AB1054, because the deadline to introduce bills has already passed. J.d. Morris,, "California lawmakers propose legislation to address utility wildfire problems," 28 June 2019 Attrition brought down the Warriors just as much as the Raptors did, but now comes some difficult decisions in how to rebuild or retool the franchise. Gary Washburn,, "Kawhi Leonard is the ultimate winner — but we already knew that," 15 June 2019 Solar installers are now retooling as battery installers. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries," 7 June 2019

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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