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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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 This effort is part of a broader challenge to rework much of how Facebook operates to be more proactive about protecting our community from harm and taking a broader view of our responsibility overall. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Holmes has reworked wardrobe staples from the mom jean to ugly-pretty sandals to the LBD with her signature demure approach, and today did it again with the denim skirt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Channels Jackie O.’s Off-Duty Look in Fancy Flats," 15 May 2018 Opt for Moody Tones How to rework this printed blouse from Monday to Tuesday: Replace your pants with a skirt. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall," 4 Sep. 2018 At some point, the nylon mesh will have to come down so that the buildings can, too, or so that their exteriors can be substantially reworked. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Four buildings in Crystal City are covered in bright fabric. Why?," 9 Apr. 2018 But that plan had to be reworked in light of Maria’s vast devastation, which prompted tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to flee the island amid job layoffs and power blackouts. Patricia Mazzei And Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times, "Hurricane-Torn Puerto Rico Says It Can’t Pay Any of Its Debts for 5 Years," 24 Jan. 2018 Playwright Chelsea Sutton’s updated script incorporates new and reworked scenes and strengthened character arcs to deepen the narrative, and composer Adrien Prévost has added songs to his haunting score. Philip Brandes,, "The 99-Seat Beat: French Stewart, 'Pinocchio' reimagined and 'Dorothy Parker UnScripted'," 11 May 2018 Looking back to the Versace archives, Donatella reworked some of the brand's most famous '90s collections into new styles and silhouettes. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Versace Recreated Two of Its Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses on the Runway," 3 Dec. 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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