re·​wire | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈwī(-ə)r How to pronounce rewire (audio) \
rewired; rewiring

Definition of rewire

transitive verb

1 : to provide or connect (something) with wire again especially : to replace the electrical wiring of (something, such as a building or electronic device) rewired the house rewire a circuit board
2 : to make lasting and usually beneficial changes to the neurological or psychological functioning of (a person or brain) not used technicallyThe injured brain, moreover, can rewire itself.— Joan DidionNot only do studies show that meditation is boosting their immune system, but brain scans suggest that it may be rewiring their brains to reduce stress.— Joel Stein… nearly nine out of 10 adult smokers started smoking by age 18; nicotine can rewire youths' brains, making heroin and other opioids even more addictive.— Delia DeRiggiWhittonCan you rewire yourself? I went back through pivotal points in my life, when one should be happy.— Kim Korson

First Known Use of rewire

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rewire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rewire

: to put new electrical wires in (a building, machine, etc.)

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