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 Taste also retooled the Starbucks rollout with steps that included the addition of a blonde roast in response to requests from customers for mellower coffee. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "Starbucks has failed in South Africa so far but is set for a do over," 4 Nov. 2019 And if not, GM Doug Wilson has shown a masterful touch in retooling his roster., "David Pastrnak," 3 Nov. 2019 To prepare for her switch, Boulet retooled her training, focusing more on hill work and perfecting the art of power hiking. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Magda Boulet Plans to Run Forever," 8 Oct. 2019 The line was retooled during the offseason, and early reviews mostly have been good. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Dalvin Cook including the guys ‘in the trenches’ in his TD celebrations," 13 Sep. 2019 The Patriots have retooled the offensive line after starting center David Andrews was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. Nora Princiotti,, "Patriots begin shaping roster by trading Duke Dawson, acquiring center Russell Bodine," 30 Aug. 2019 The Cowboys should severely stress Oregon State’s retooled defense. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys football: Preview, things to watch, notes, how to watch," 29 Aug. 2019 Subsequent phases will see the hotel rooms retooled and its ballroom and foyer retouched before the work wraps up in April. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Ballerina statues exit as downtown Denver Sheraton gets started on $80 million makeover," 27 Aug. 2019 Disney in 2015 allowed Feige, one of the industry’s most successful movie producers, to retool its rival’s most important film franchise. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Spider-Man is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney talks fall apart," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of retool

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of retool was in 1917

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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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