re·tool | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtül \
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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But of course, Sierra Nevada (after briefly threatening court action) began to retool the Dream Chaser into a cargo resupply vehicle. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Next-Gen ISS Ship Is a Decades-Old Soviet Project," 19 Jan. 2016 The Chiefs have retooled their secondary, with the addition of nickel back Kendall Fuller and cornerback David Amerson, but could be in the market for more talent. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Not so fast: Chiefs might not be finished drafting players for 2018," 10 July 2018 Since then, school officials have hosted numerous special meetings to retool the plan. Rick Kambic,, "Vernon Hills mayor spars with Hawthorn school board over larger referendum," 11 June 2018 As recently as this week, Trump has touted the move by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to retool an existing plant to make heavy-duty Ram pickups. David Welch,, "GM Firing 1,500 Workers Undermines Trump's Boasts on Auto Jobs," 13 Apr. 2018 Big box stores retool their approach to entice a generation to visit their establishments. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Hudson's Bay to close up to 10 Lord & Taylor stores, including Fifth Avenue in New York," 5 June 2018 For social-media companies with a loyal following, retooling to appeal to a broader swath of users is a challenging, but sometimes necessary, step to keep growing. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Snap Contends With User Outcry: New Isn’t Necessarily Better," 18 Mar. 2018 Another big retail space being radically retooled in the area is the former JCPenney store at the Willow Grove Park mall, which owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust is renovating into a Studio Movie Grill cinema-restaurant hybrid. Jacob Adelman,, "Toys R Us closures will whack retail landlords already smarting from big-box tenant losses," 16 Mar. 2018 The Air Force partnered with Lockheed Martin in 2006 to retool the aircraft with a goal of extending its life. Christina Maxouris, ajc, "C-5 Galaxy: 50 years of history, thousands of jobs for Marietta," 26 June 2018

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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.)

: to make changes to (something) in order to improve it

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