rewire

verb re·wire \ (ˌ)rē-ˈwī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of rewire

rewired; rewiring
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 technically
  • The injured brain, moreover, can rewire itself.
  • —Joan Didion
  • Not 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 DeRiggiWhitton
  • Can 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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