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verb (used with object)
  1. to replace or rearrange the tools and machinery of (a factory).
  2. to reorganize or rearrange, usually for the purpose of updating: to retool the industrial organization.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to replace or rearrange the tools of a factory.
  2. to replace the stamping machinery of a factory, especially to make a remodeled product.
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Origin of retool

First recorded in 1935–40; re- + tool
Related formsre·tool·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for retool

rejuvenate, repair, fix, overhaul, restore, regenerate, rebuild, recreate, revamp, remodel, renovate, reproduce, rework, rehabilitate, reestablish, modernize, remake, reassemble, reform, doctor

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British Dictionary definitions for retool


  1. to replace, re-equip, or rearrange the tools in (a factory, etc)
  2. mainly US and Canadian to revise or reorganize
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Word Origin and History for retool


1866, "to shape again with a tool," from re- "back, again" + tool (v.). Meaning "to furnish a factory with new equipment" is recorded from 1940. Related: Retooled; retooling.

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