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re- +‎ design


  • IPA(key): /ˌɹiː.dɪˈzaɪn/
  • Hyphenation: re‧de‧sign
  • Rhymes: -aɪn


redesign (plural redesigns)

  1. A plan for making changes to the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system so as to better serve the purpose of the original design, or to serve purposes different from those set forth in the original design.
    • 2020 August 12, John Crosse, “Mendip Heavy Haulage workhorses”, in Rail, page 63:
      No UK company responded, believing that the availability requirement could not be reached in British operating conditions. But General Motors thought otherwise, offering its SD40-2 design. However, to make it fit the UK loading gauge, considerable redesign was required.



redesign (third-person singular simple present redesigns, present participle redesigning, simple past and past participle redesigned)

  1. To lay out or plan a new version of something previously laid out or planned.
    • 1961 March, “Interim report on the Glasgow suburban electric train failures”, in Trains Illustrated, page 176:
      It became clear at last that the secondary windings were not strong enough to withstand the severe electro-magnetic forces to which they had been subjected and that the transformer would have to be redesigned.