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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More and more brands are expanding their foundation ranges to cover a more inclusive range of shades, and retooling their beauty campaigns to represent a more diverse representation of beauty. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sudanese Model Anok Yai Is the New Face of Estée Lauder’s 56-Shade Foundation," 20 July 2018 With the help of Cuban’s team, Reely Hooked has been retooling the business to be more sustainable, and just began selling again to about 14 restaurants and retail stores, said Arcaro, 41. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Boynton Beach incubator and commissary cooking up new food businesses," 5 July 2018 Snyder and the lawmakers said retooling the Soo Locks has been a Michigan priority for years, but they are heartened by the federal government recently identifying the project as a priority. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Rick Snyder: Michigan setting aside $50M to help refurbish Soo Locks," 30 May 2018 Trump administration officials have accused China of forcing foreign companies doing business here to give up trade secrets as part of Beijing’s effort to retool the Chinese economy and create companies that can compete with US rivals. Alexandra Stevenson,, "Xi Jinping urges dialogue, not confrontation, after Trump seeks tariffs," 11 Apr. 2018 With the offensive line having to retool personnel, having Harris as an experienced blocker on the right side should be beneficial to whoever ends up at right tackle. James Crepea,, "Auburn returns all H-backs, tight ends this spring," 24 Feb. 2018 Acquiring pitching over the winter understandably took a priority with the departures of starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and the need to retool a weathered bullpen that endured three consecutive deep postseason runs. Mark Gonzales,, "Lack of production from leadoff spot an early-season concern," 18 Apr. 2018 Facebook recently retooled its practices with an aim of prioritizing status updates from friends and family and has vowed to stop operators from using the platform to meddle in elections. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'Newsweek' owner's top execs resign; company inflated users for CFPB ad campaign, report says," 1 Feb. 2018 The company is investing $30 million to retool its workforce and facilities for production of a wind turbine specifically for the U.S., said Jose Antonio Miranda, the chief executive officer for the company’s onshore ventures in the Americas. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando wind-energy operations grow with Siemens Gamesa merger," 31 May 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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