[verb ree-vamp; noun ree-vamp]

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 formsre·vamp·er, nounre·vamp·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of revamp

Historical Examples of revamp

  • 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 (tr)

to patch up or renovate; repair or restore


something that has been renovated or revamped
the act or process of revamping
Derived Formsrevamper, nounrevamping, noun

Word Origin for revamp

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper