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 On Tuesday, Rick Lawler, a development consultant who represents the parcel’s owner, said the plan will be reworked to be all residential. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Developer to submit new plan after Katy City Council rejects zoning change," 10 Dec. 2019 Also reconfigured is the ERX, a basketball-style staple of the ’80s, which has been reworked into a sandal. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Telfar and Converse Collaborated on Footwear and Apparel for Spring/Summer 2020," 24 Sep. 2019 The wall hanging system is modular and can be reworked easily to add shelves as needed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The Container Store is having a huge sale on closet systems," 20 Aug. 2019 The Apollo suits were custom-made for each crew member, but Collins says this suit can be reworked to fit as many body types as possible. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This company says it has a lunar space suit that will be ready for NASA’s 2024 Moon mission," 29 July 2019 But Brookfield is expected to rework that zoning to allow for more residential on the property based on market demand; the amount of commercial buildout that has occurred there so far is negligible., "New master developer chosen to remake former Weymouth air base," 16 Jan. 2020 All power-line miles that did not initially pass inspections had to be reworked, attorneys said. J.d. Morris,, "Federal judge may make PG&E hire more tree trimmers," 16 Jan. 2020 Developers are spending millions to rework aging office buildings to attract a new generation of tenants. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Redo in the works for North Dallas’ Lincoln Centre," 15 Jan. 2020 And that means the standards that doctors have been using to define normal temperature and fever might need to be reworked. Time, "'Normal' Human Body Temperature Has Changed in the Last Century," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Rework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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