re·​work | \(ˌ)rē-ˈwərk \
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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Originally intended as a six-part Netflix TV series, the brothers reworked it into a feature film earlier this year, although the anthology format is intact. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer," 6 Nov. 2018 This measure would rework the permitting process for projects that in any way might damage, pollute, or otherwise harm protected fish habitats. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018 The piece featured a futuristic take on florals with the painterly motif being reworked on a metallic base. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora’s Post-VMAs Look Is a Slip Dress and Sneakers," 22 Aug. 2018 Even the odds The loot box crash continues rippling through the industry, with Battlefront II reworking its entire multiplayer model and Shadow of War recently pulling all microtransactions out of the game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 In recent weeks, the Supreme Court has gotten lots of attention because of high-profile rulings overturning the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles, as well as a ruling upholding the state’s reworked charter school law. Austin Jenkins, The Seattle Times, "Gonzalez vs. Choi: How much will a name help — or hurt — in a race for Washington State Supreme Court?," 31 Oct. 2018 Models Dilone and Bella Hadid swapped out the skinny jeans and leggings and reworked the off-duty uniform rooted in boyish, slouchy trousers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella, Kate, Kendall, and More of the Best Celebrity Street Style at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 Games like Mega Man 7 and 8 and the Mega Man X series reworked Mega Man's look heavily, but those titles still felt appropriately grounded in what came before. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mega Man 11 review: Switching gears," 1 Oct. 2018 Given everything, Brzezinski decided to revisit and rework her book. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Mika Brzezinski Isn't Afraid to Say What You're Thinking," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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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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