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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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 Hopefully public and private stakeholders can work together and build off a handful of good examples to rework how rental buildings are funded and delivered. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 Nearly 20 states have come up with another $450 million, and local school districts are reworking budgets to find more money. Justin Pritchard, The Seattle Times, "Firms sell mass-shooting solutions, but can gadgets and hardware save lives?," 2 Oct. 2018 Do not underestimate the power of reworking your ideas., "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 29 June 2018 Other raw materials were procured abroad and then reworked back in Grasse. Kari Molvar, Town & Country, "The Bottled Up History of Louis Vuitton Perfumes," 3 Oct. 2016 The city has been reworking the existing traffic calming policy, an outdated ‘speed hump’ manual created in 1995. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Duluth considering two new neighborhood outreach programs," 13 Mar. 2018 The couple reworked a previous addition to the Tudor-style house, which was built in 1919, remodeling the kitchen and creating an adjacent breakfast room to make that area more practical for family use. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, "Transforming a Traditional Tudor into a Youthful Family Home," 15 Jan. 2014 Tariffs on aluminum and steel as well as a panoply of Chinese products are making businesses rework supply chains and raise prices. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Growth Dividend for Workers," 2 Nov. 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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