retrofit

verb ret·ro·fit \ ˈre-trō-ˌfit , ˌre-trō-ˈfit \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of retrofit

retrofitted or retrofit; retrofitting; retrofits
1 : to furnish (something, such as a computer, airplane, or building) with new or modified parts or equipment not available or considered necessary at the time of manufacture
2 : to install (new or modified parts or equipment) in something previously manufactured or constructed
3 : to adapt to a new purpose or need : modify
  • retrofit the story for a new audience

retrofit

\ˈre-trō-ˌfit\ noun

Examples of retrofit in a Sentence

  1. The factory has been retrofitted to meet the new safety regulations.

  2. We can retrofit your car with the new fuel system.

Recent Examples of retrofit from the Web

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The concept of retrofitting became an urgent necessity during World War II, when weapons technology was advancing at an intense pace and planes and ships were becoming outdated even before their construction was complete, and the only solution was to retrofit the completed craft with the brand-new technology. Retrofitting was revived on a massive scale during the energy crisis of the 1970s, when new features were added to millions of old houses to make them more energy-efficient. Retrofitting is thus different from merely renovating, which may not involve any new technology at all.

First Known Use of retrofit

1949

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RETROFIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of retrofit for English Language Learners

  • : to provide (something) with new parts that were not available when it was originally built



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