- to replace or rearrange the tools and machinery of (a factory).
- to reorganize or rearrange, usually for the purpose of updating: to retool the industrial organization.
- to replace or rearrange the tools of a factory.
- to replace the stamping machinery of a factory, especially to make a remodeled product.
Origin of retool
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Examples from the Web for retool
Keep Red at the center, retool everything around him, and let the show run wild.The Blacklist’s Frustrating Fall: Keen’s a Keeper, but Red Regresses
November 11, 2014
The fiscal cliff showdown is the first test case of whether Obama can retool his vaunted campaign apparatus for his second term.Barack Obama’s Hashtag Army Lobbying Congress on Fiscal Cliff
December 3, 2012
The magazine will be reduced to 13 issues per year and will retool itself to become a more general-interest title.Anna Wintour Attends the Debate; WSJ Offers Details of New Editor Appointment; Ford Wages War Against Former Models
The Fashion Beast Team
October 18, 2012
Apple will save money by not having to retool its production line.Will Apple Lose Its Magic?
October 7, 2011
Over the longer term, it needs to retool itself so it can become competitive in the Northeast, Midwest, and California.Yikes, What Does the GOP Do Now?
The Daily Beast
May 2, 2009
To produce a new invention, you'd have to retool an entire factory.The Status Civilization
- to replace, re-equip, or rearrange the tools in (a factory, etc)
- mainly US and Canadian to revise or reorganize
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Word Origin and History for retool
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