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[verb ree-wurk; noun ree-wurk]
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verb (used with object), re·worked or re·wrought, re·work·ing.
  1. to work or form again: to rework gold.
  2. to revise or rewrite: to rework an essay.
  3. to process again or anew for reuse: to rework wool.
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  1. an act or instance of reworking: His latest book is merely a rework of his earlier novel.
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Origin of rework

First recorded in 1835–45; re- + work
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Related Words

rewrite, edit, modify, revamp, adapt, alter, revise, reshape, redraw, emend, redraft

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Historical Examples

  • So, to keep myself from going batty, I started to rework the business of who had done what to the Maintainer.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • He therefore decided to rework his material and to illustrate his publications with enlarged photographs.

British Dictionary definitions for rework


verb (tr)
  1. to use again in altered formthe theme has been reworked in countless well-known poems
  2. to rewrite or revise
  3. to reprocess for use again
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Word Origin and History for rework


1842, from re- + work (v.). Related: Reworked; reworking.

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