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[ree-fit] /riˈfɪt/
verb (used with object), refitted, refitting.
to fit, prepare, or equip again.
verb (used without object), refitted, refitting.
to renew supplies or equipment.
to get refitted.
an act of refitting.
Origin of refit
First recorded in 1660-70; re- + fit1
Related forms
unrefitted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Kensington was dismasted, and had to return to refit, but we did not part a rope-yarn.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The next morning all hands set to work with a will to refit the schooner.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the other side of the river was a big camp, where troops were sent to refit and rest.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • Also, is overhauled, or examined, to determine the refit demanded.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The schooner had only left Guernsey, after a refit, the day before I was taken on board her.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Good wharves have been built, and ships of 700 tons can refit alongside them.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • At last they were compelled to go into harbour, both to refit and to divide their booty.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • We might have to put in to refit, and want spars, etc., from the naval yard.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for refit


verb (riːˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting, -fitted
to make or be made ready for use again by repairing, re-equipping, or resupplying
noun (ˈriːˌfɪt)
a repair or re-equipping, as of a ship, for further use
Derived Forms
refitment, noun
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Word Origin and History for refit

1660s, from re- "again" + fit (v.). Originally nautical. Related: Refitted; refitting.

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