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[v. ree-wurk; n. ree-wurk] /v. riˈwɜrk; n. ˈriˌwɜrk/
verb (used with object), reworked or rewrought, reworking.
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.
Origin of rework
1835-45; re- + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rework
  • If she did not mean to make the correlation then she needs to rework the article.
  • The automotive industries need to shut down and rework everything to build electric and hydrogen vehicles.
  • If the audience doesn't respond to a laugh line, the writers immediately rework the script to make it work.
  • Take a song's separated parts, rework them, and post your mix.
  • They are trying to rework the way modernity and religion have, so far, unsuccessfully married.
  • There will be some situations that will not require a rework.
  • Repair is distinguished from rework in that alternate processes rather than reprocessing are employed.
  • rework routings enable you to define common rework processes for a large volume of rework production.
  • Those specializing in metal do the design and fabrication of framework and clasps, and they rework and repair metalwork.
  • Any abnormal costs, such as excessive handling or rework costs must be charged to operations of the period.
British Dictionary definitions for rework


verb (transitive)
to use again in altered form: the 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
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