re·​work | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈwərk How to pronounce rework (audio) \
reworked; reworking; reworks

Definition of rework

transitive verb

: to work again or anew: such as
a : revise
b : to reprocess (something, such as used material) for further use

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Examples of rework in a Sentence

The design has been completely reworked. the sculptor reworked the clay into another shape
Recent Examples on the Web But in the 1990s, those who opposed the tax attempted to rework the legislation, and needed to get the public onboard in opposition. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, "What’s In A Name? An Honest Look At The Equality Act," 26 Feb. 2021 Montgomery’s company to drill four new wells and rework four existing wells. Patrick Danner,, "Judge socks 2 San Antonio-area men over energy scheme: ‘fraudulent conduct permeated the projects’," 22 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, the group called for the departments to rework the new edition. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "New dietary guidelines reject recommendation that Americans lower limit on sugar, alcohol intake," 29 Dec. 2020 The Blessed Madonna brought in a cast of dance-music producers to rework Lipa’s songs into a chaotic, nonstop groove. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Disco Defined 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, said her organization has tracked nearly 1,000 state permits issued to Aera this year to drill new wells or rework existing ones. Alexei Koseff,, "Newsom’s French Laundry dinner shows how lobbyists get access to power in Sacramento," 23 Nov. 2020 Gonzalez went to rework his body and delivery at the renowned Driveline Baseball facility with fellow left-hander Bruce Zimmermann this offseason and earned rave reviews from player development staff on his transformation this year. Jon Meoli,, "Checking in on where former Orioles are landing in free agency," 22 Dec. 2020 What is White America going to do to claim and to rework White manhood into something less harmful? Nneka Mcguire, Washington Post, "Ijeoma Oluo’s ‘Mediocre’ dissects white supremacy in America. She’d rather be writing about something else.," 3 Dec. 2020 The artist embraced the opportunity to rework his initial plans, opting to make additional paintings and drawings that allude to ideas of isolation, cleanliness and biological processes. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Mathew Cerletty’s deadpan, hyper-realistic style elevates everyday objects at The Power Station," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Rework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rework

: to make changes to (something, such as a piece of writing or music) in order to improve it

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