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

transitive verb

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

Examples of rework in a Sentence

The design has been completely reworked. the sculptor reworked the clay into another shape
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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rework was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Rework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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re·​work (ˈ)rē-ˈwərk How to pronounce rework (audio)
: to work again or anew: as
: to reprocess (as used material) for further use

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