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

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Further, reflected infrared images taken in the Freer’s lab shows how it had been reworked like an oil, reducing the width of the subject’s violet skirt. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "After More Than Eight Decades, These Exquisite Whistler Watercolors Make Their Public Debut," 18 June 2019 An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the A-frame has been reworked for our modern sensibilities, clad in hipster fireplaces and sleek furniture. Megan Barber, Curbed, "DIY a modern A-frame house with $2K blueprints," 11 June 2019 But Philadelphia won’t be paying Countess $2.025 million for 2019 after getting the defensive back to rework his contract. Mark Inabinett |,, "Blake Countess goes from ‘I think’ to ‘I know’ between stops in Philadelphia," 5 June 2019 The glass will have a negative effect on temperature control as well, which has been reworked with this iteration. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 The tailgate has been reworked to integrate the license plate. Stacy Argo, Houston Chronicle, "Sleek, modern shower doors provide streamlined look," 8 July 2018 Apple News+ will pull some 300 hundred magazines into the Apple News, with their print articles reworked to make use of the more versatile digital form. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Subscriptions Can You Handle?," 25 Mar. 2019 The ongoing pause is intended to give Hallmark time to rework the upcoming episodes, but there's no word on whether the network plans to cut Abigail's character completely or simply find a replacement. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Star Erin Krakow Speaks Out Amid the Lori Loughlin Drama," 9 Apr. 2019 Shevah reworks menswear, creating skort-like khaki bottoms and floppy hats and beanies. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rework was in 1842

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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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