re·​tool | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtül How to pronounce retool (audio) \
retooled; retooling; retools

Definition of retool

transitive verb

1 : to reequip with tools

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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Recent Examples on the Web Typically those companies choose to outsource the work, rather than retool or build a new production line, because the sales volumes are relatively small. Chris Bryant, Chron, "A $21 billion wager on who will build the Apple car," 11 Jan. 2021 The former governor of Michigan cited her experience helping to retool the auto industry after the Great Recession, preparing it for an electric future. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: New renewables group seeks spot as lobbying power during Biden administration," 21 Dec. 2020 The Biden campaign has said his administration would use the government’s purchase of vehicle fleets and strict Buy American rules — along with grants to help manufacturers retool plants — to encourage the development of domestic production. Washington Post, "President-elect Joe Biden posed in his vintage Corvette. But he promises a big push for electric vehicles.," 25 Nov. 2020 Phillips 66, Marathon, HollyFrontier and other refiners are spending roughly $2 billion to retool refineries to produce the fuel over the next four years. Clifford Krauss, Star Tribune, "Oil refineries see profits in turning waste into renewable diesel," 10 Dec. 2020 After attending food shows in eight states on their behalf in the early part of the year, Jones has since helped the creamery expand into new markets and retool its cut and wrap program. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portand’s best cheese bar is closing; What’s next for the space?," 8 Dec. 2020 Phillips 66, Marathon, HollyFrontier and several other refiners are spending roughly $2 billion to retool refineries to produce the fuel over the next four years. New York Times, "Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease Into Diesel," 3 Dec. 2020 With four relief pitchers hitting free agency, the A’s face the possibility this offseason of having to retool a bullpen that was one of baseball’s best in 2020. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s could consider these five free-agent relievers," 7 Dec. 2020 The Cubs will try to retool their lineup this winter with an emphasis on more contact, and Schwarber didn’t help his cause by striking out at a 29.5% rate with a 71.9% contact rate during his 5½ seasons with the Cubs, according to Fangraphs. Mark Gonzales,, "Chicago Cubs will ‘keep the door open’ to re-signing Kyle Schwarber after declining to tender contracts to him and fellow outfielder Albert Almora Jr.," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of retool

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Retool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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