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retool

[ree-tool] /riˈtul/
verb (used with object)
1.
to replace or rearrange the tools and machinery of (a factory).
2.
to reorganize or rearrange, usually for the purpose of updating:
to retool the industrial organization.
verb (used without object)
3.
to replace or rearrange the tools of a factory.
4.
to replace the stamping machinery of a factory, especially to make a remodeled product.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; re- + tool
Related forms
retoolable, adjective
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  • Reinforced data may help as they retool their strategies.
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British Dictionary definitions for retool

retool

/riːˈtuːl/
verb
1.
to replace, re-equip, or rearrange the tools in (a factory, etc)
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) to revise or reorganize
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Word Origin and History for retool
v.

1866, "to shape again with a tool," from re- "back, again" + tool (v.). Meaning "to furnish a factory with new equipment" is recorded from 1940. Related: Retooled; retooling.

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