Definition of retool in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈto͞ol/


[with object]
1Equip (a factory) with new or adapted tools.
Example sentences
  • Building a new building, retooling a factory - that is modernization in a visible and tangible form.
  • Putting in more expensive tape drives would up server prices in the price-sensitive small business market, and might require factory retooling.
  • Three years on, Boeing is retooling some of the world's most complex manufacturing practices, while shaking the kinks out of its supply-chain process.
1.1Adapt or alter (someone or something) to make them more useful or suitable: he likes to retool the old stories to make them relevant for today’s kids [no object]: perhaps one can even retool for the afterlife
More example sentences
  • And as the outsourcing shops grow and provide similar services to a growing pool of customers, they can increase productivity by retooling software that was written for one client and adapting it for many others.
  • Hazel is well-positioned to play a key role in retooling the automotive giant.
  • This requires retooling the entire order-processing system.

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Syllabification: re·tool

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