Definition of rewire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrēˈwī(ə)r/


[with object]
Provide (an appliance, building, or vehicle) with new electric wiring.
Example sentences
  • Lamps and electric appliances are rewired and repaired.
  • Potts says his company is currently involved in rewiring a building that had a new VDV system installed just four years ago because the design didn't include future growth considerations.
  • A further £150,000 has gone on rewiring the whole house, stripping modern sockets and switches from the ancient walls and replacing them with period counterparts.


[in singular] An instance of rewiring something.
Example sentences
  • Move the outlets to more functional positions and you can use the old outlets during the rewire, then switch systems seamlessly.
  • A huge revamp entailed a full rewire, replumbing and central heating on the upper two floors so it can open all year round.




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Syllabification: re·wire

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