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rework

[ verb ree-wurk; noun ree-wurk ]
/ verb riˈwɜrk; noun ˈriˌwɜrk /
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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.

noun

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

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

rewilding, rewin, rewind, rewire, reword, rework, reworked fossil, reworked wool, rewound, rewrite, rewrite rule

Origin of rework

First recorded in 1835–45; re- + work
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Examples from the Web for rework

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

    The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites|Percy Edward Raymond
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rework

rework

/ (riːˈwɜːk) /

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
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 rework

rework


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper