rewire

verb

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

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 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

Examples of rewire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although periodical cicadas only appear for a few weeks, their blip above ground can rewire entire forest food webs, with knock-on effects that last for years. Benji Jones, Vox, 3 June 2024 And with no approved treatment path for patients, some have been experimenting with rewiring their minds in an attempt to manage their symptoms. The Week Uk, theweek, 22 May 2024 Many argue that this shift in the geography of oil could rewire global security. Michael Levi, Foreign Affairs, 16 June 2015 The units have since been stripped to the studs, and electricians are currently working to rewire. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2024 Can Finneas ever see a world in which the brother-sister duo who rewired pop don’t work together? Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2024 Some viewers may see this as rewriting history, while others might interpret it as simply rewiring the public’s perspective. TIME, 17 May 2024 So why the insistence from Haidt and others that smartphones dangerously rewire the brain? Anthony Vaccaro, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024 The huge amount of structured and unstructured data, as well as the growing power of large language models, will enable Black Banx to rewire its services. Steve Andriole, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rewire was in 1881

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“Rewire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rewire. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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