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[verb ree-vamp; noun ree-vamp] /verb riˈvæmp; noun ˈriˌvæmp/
verb (used with object)
to renovate, redo, or revise:
We've decided to revamp the entire show.
an act or instance of restructuring, reordering, or revising something; overhaul:
a revamp of the nation's foreign policy.
Origin of revamp
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; re- + vamp1
Related forms
revamper, noun
revampment, noun Unabridged
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  • She would learn how to keep her own bank-account and revamp her arithmetic.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Why revamp and refurbish the old platitudes and dole them out each succeeding year?

    Craftsmanship in Teaching

    William Chandler Bagley
British Dictionary definitions for revamp


verb (transitive)
to patch up or renovate; repair or restore
something that has been renovated or revamped
the act or process of revamping
Derived Forms
revamper, noun
revamping, noun
Word Origin
C19: from re- + vamp²
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Word Origin and History for revamp

1850, from re- "again" + vamp (v.) "patch up, replace the upper front part of a shoe." An earlier verb was new-vamp (1630s). Modern use is typically figurative. Related: Revamped; revamping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for revamp



To improve by remaking; renovate; revise: We can't just patch it up; we need to revamp the whole proposal

[1850+; fr shoemakers, ''to replace the upper front part of a shoe'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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