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
Recent Examples on the Web If more Maldivians are going to move there, its physical structure will need to be radically reworked. Maahil Mohamed Elke Scholiers, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Money to rework a dirt pathway along the northern portion of Vulcan Avenue. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 The formerly 2-15 squad has reworked its offense and defense while attempting to keep its special teams core intact. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 1 Apr. 2024 Speaking at a forum in Sao Paulo, Macron said the Mercosur-EU deal is outdated and needs reworking to take climate change into account. Mauricio Savarese, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 They can be shuffled and rearranged and reworked into any combination that makes analytical sense. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 For a virtually free way to rework your walls, why not embrace your artistic edge and make your own piece? Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Organizations are committed to integrating DEI values into every aspect of their workplace, from reworking their mission statements and creating new positions to holding educational seminars and offering volunteer opportunities that enable community engagement. Dinesh Sheth, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The Rams also reworked offensive lineman Joe Noteboom’s contract. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rework was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Rework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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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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