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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Most Read Sports Stories Kansas expects to retool heading into next season, particularly if several of its players declare early for the NBA draft. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts," 26 Mar. 2019 If this keeps up, Senator Elizabeth Warren will have to retool her 2020 campaign message that the middle class is vanishing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jobs for the Forgotten Man," 4 Jan. 2019 In Iowa, Georgia, and Maine, employers have pulled in workers from the sidelines and retooled processes to use less labor, but so far there are no signs of an overall wage explosion. Samantha Schulz,, "Your Evening Briefing," 15 Mar. 2018 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 Kenneth R. Harney,, "Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac stick with outdated credit scoring model," 9 Aug. 2017 Ketel Marte, 24, of the Arizona Diamondbacks retooled his swing early last year at Class AAA, attempting to lift and drive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

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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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