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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As more states look to refine their own distracted driving laws, there is some concern among driver safety proponents that laws crafted too specifically could need to be reworked again a few years down the road. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 Up next: a slew of collaborations, new stockists, editorial placements, and her Fall 2018 collection, which sees Tung rework her designs slightly for a more autumnal mood. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 While Tavistock hopes to sublease the land, reworked language in the agreement made clear the public would have access to it. Meryl Kornfield,, "Pier 66 plans hotel renovation as first step toward new development," 11 July 2018 One thing that doesn't get reworked: the feeling of longing and crushing that makes the O.G. song so damn likable., "New Music This Week: Ella Mai's Remix, Mala Rodríguez's Feminist Jam, & More," 6 July 2018 A few months later, though, and the company has reworked the concept into the Vivo Nex. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Vivo will actually sell a smartphone with a pop-up front camera," 13 June 2018 Other music-streaming platforms have been reworking policies in the #MeToo era, and are cautiously treading into a debate about free speech. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Should Streaming Music Services Penalize Bad Behavior?," 14 May 2018 She was again backed by a spirited marching band that reworked the singer's hits with the pizzazz of a halftime show, amping up the songs across her 20-year career with brassy flourishes and lush arrangements. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Beyoncé turns Coachella into Beychella once more," 22 Apr. 2018 Put Your Hoodie Up: Vetements sweatshirt, $1,050, and reworked jeans, $1,460,; Proenza Schouler metallic boots, $1,190,; Fenty x Puma boots, $325, Casey Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch: Get Down with the Best Boots of the Season," 15 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rework was in 1842

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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