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revamp

[verb ree-vamp; noun ree-vamp]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to renovate, redo, or revise: We've decided to revamp the entire show.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of restructuring, reordering, or revising something; overhaul: a revamp of the nation's foreign policy.
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Origin of revamp

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; re- + vamp1
Related formsre·vamp·er, nounre·vamp·ment, noun
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Related Words

repairoverhaulrefurbishrestoreupdatereviverehabilitaterevitalizecleanremodelremakeface-liftresurrectrenewrefreshreconditionretread

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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

revamp

verb (tr)
  1. to patch up or renovate; repair or restore
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noun
  1. something that has been renovated or revamped
  2. the act or process of revamping
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Derived Formsrevamper, nounrevamping, noun

Word Origin

C19: from re- + vamp ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for revamp

v.

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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