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 Evers can rework it using his line-item veto powers, which could affect property taxes. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Property taxes on a typical Wisconsin home would go up 0.7% next year under Gov. Tony Evers' budget," 19 Apr. 2021 The Justice Department can also rework police officer training and more actively investigate police departments, called consent decrees, a practice that was almost entirely eliminated under the Trump administration. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Police reform stalls in Washington a year after George Floyd's death," 9 Apr. 2021 To stand out among the slew of promotions hitting consumers’ inboxes, competitive marketers must rework their offer strategies and optimize their offers. Christian Selchau-hansen, Forbes, "How To Get Started With Dynamic Offer Optimization," 18 Mar. 2021 Filmmakers have every right to rework history for dramatic ends. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "How “Mank” Distorts Orson Welles," 2 Apr. 2021 The California version isn’t identical to the model code; every three years, state officials rework the national code to fit California’s needs and promulgate the result as state law. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A lawsuit aims to stop private firms from claiming copyrights on California laws," 18 Mar. 2021 This is an audacious vision, to rework the global payments system. Vipin Bharathan, Forbes, "Roxe Announces A Global CBDC Payment Network Powered By Blockchain," 2 Mar. 2021 Both the state of Alaska and organizations that receive Indian Health Service vaccine shipments — such as SEARHC — receive their allotments at the start of the month and can rework their schedules more easily right now. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska tribal health consortium provides vaccines for state Capitol," 6 Mar. 2021 In an internal memo Friday, seen by Wired, Dean said Google would also rework its process for reviewing research publications and require senior executives to show progress on improving diversity among employees at the company. Tom Simonite, Wired, "A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Rework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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