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[v. ree-vamp; n. ree-vamp] /v. riˈvæmp; n. ˈriˌvæmp/
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
1840-50, Americanism; re- + vamp1
Related forms
revamper, noun
revampment, noun Unabridged
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  • At real writing centers, students work with a tutor to revamp their papers.
  • Moribund talks between government and opposition over how to revamp the economy have suddenly come back to life.
  • Select a new wardrobe item based on whether you can revamp or repurpose it once its appeal wears off.
  • The rain dance is getting a twenty-first-century revamp using laser technology.
  • The major revamp has taken place in the library section.
  • It has struggled over the years, despite a revamp of its image away from fancy crockery and towards everyday tableware.
  • In four pilot stores, the number of customers and sales went up by a tenth following the revamp.
  • We didn't know if he had the vision needed to rethink and revamp our transportation system.
  • Such obstacles have scuppered previous attempts to revamp the second chamber.
  • It kept some, sold others off again and got the bankers to revamp their lending practices.
British Dictionary definitions for revamp


verb (transitive)
to patch up or renovate; repair or restore
something that has been renovated or revamped
the act or process of revamping
Derived Forms
revamper, noun
revamping, noun
Word Origin
C19: from re- + vamp²
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for revamp



To improve by remaking; renovate; revise: We can't just patch it up; we need to revamp the whole proposal

[1850+; fr shoemakers, ''to replace the upper front part of a shoe'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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