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retrofit

Syllabification: ret·ro·fit
Pronunciation: /ˌretrōˈfit
 
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Definition of retrofit in English:

verb (retrofits, retrofitting, retrofitted)

[with object]
1Add (a component or accessory) to something that did not have it when manufactured: drivers who retrofit catalysts to older cars
More example sentences
  • Heat pump water heaters can be purchased as integral units with built in water storage tanks or as add-ons that can be retrofitted to an existing water heater tank.
  • Because of the amount of wiring involved, the work is best done while a house is under construction and the walls are open - retrofitting this much cable, unless you don't object to exposed conduit, can add considerably to the cost.
  • There are many techniques depending on whether the home is under construction or being retrofitted to eliminate noise pollution.
1.1Provide (something) with a component or accessory not fitted to it during manufacture: buses have been retrofitted with easy-access features
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  • To solve these interrelated problems, her mother had the original windows retrofitted with state-of-the-art solar window film.
  • The comfortable blue molded fiberglass chair, designed by Eero Aarnio, had been retrofitted by Fascia with a mouse pad and mouse at the end of the armrest.
  • Silos need to be retrofitted with some kind of aeration equipment.

noun

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1An act of adding a component or accessory to something that did not have it when manufactured.
Example sentences
  • Its energy efficiency retrofits of existing public buildings utilize the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.
  • Indeed, the NDA says it is much cheaper to consider the needs of all customers from the outset, so as to avoid expensive and difficult retrofits.
  • Performance-based fees are easier to implement for energy retrofits.
1.1A component or accessory added to something after manufacture.
Example sentences
  • When a club owner waits to consider security until after the club is built, it can cause additional expenses in retrofits and possible expenses for security personnel.
  • An inefficiency tax on the generation of dirty energy would be a brilliant thing, along with tax credits for installation of solar panels and energy-efficient retrofits.
  • I don't work here, I'm a liaison for the architecture firm handling the retrofit.

Origin

1950s: blend of retroactive and refit.

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