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 Smith said WeWork will likely need to take at least a couple months to rework its pitch and show a clearer path to profitability. Washington Post, "WeWork delays its IPO amid tepid investor interest," 17 Sep. 2019 Such low enrollment meant Russian was cancelled a few short days later, forcing me to rework my schedule. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "First encounter: Ohio Challenger 2P (and its 4KB of RAM)," 2 Sep. 2019 For branded-content deals, she’s been known to rework scripts, tweaking the tone to better suit her demographic. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Time, "'What Do People Want Me to Do? Wear Black Every Day?': How Child Star JoJo Siwa Built Her Sparkly Empire," 22 Aug. 2019 If the state education department decides to accept the complaint and investigate it, or foster a mediation, L.A. Unified could be forced to rework the plan in order to qualify for the billion dollars. Sonali Kohli,, "LAUSD isn't properly keeping track of $1 billion for high-needs students, complaint alleges," 12 July 2019 Not having Gordon comes at a time when the Chargers also are being forced to rework their offensive line in Okung’s absence. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ Russell Okung to miss six games; Melvin Gordon on trade block," 31 Aug. 2019 Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal is brought in to rework Guggenheim’s script. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "PlayStation’s first movie just lost its director—for the fifth time," 23 Aug. 2019 Council members did acknowledge that the ordinance needs reworking, and soon. al, "Another round of suspensions against Mobile towing companies as city eyes ‘broken ordinance’," 20 Aug. 2019 Having just 11 teams also means having to rework scheduling, divisions and the route to the championship game, making the overall football package less attractive. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Pulling some questions on UConn, the Big East and more from my overflowing email inbox," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of rework

1842, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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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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