[verb ree-wurk; noun ree-wurk]

verb (used with object), re·worked or re·wrought, re·work·ing.

to work or form again: to rework gold.
to revise or rewrite: to rework an essay.
to process again or anew for reuse: to rework wool.


an act or instance of reworking: His latest book is merely a rework of his earlier novel.

Nearby words

  1. rewilding,
  2. rewin,
  3. rewind,
  4. rewire,
  5. reword,
  6. reworked fossil,
  7. reworked wool,
  8. rewound,
  9. rewrite,
  10. rewrite rule

Origin of rework

First recorded in 1835–45; re- + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rework


verb (tr)

to use again in altered formthe theme has been reworked in countless well-known poems
to rewrite or revise
to reprocess for use again
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Word Origin and History for rework



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper