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retool for (something)

1. To furnish or equip with a new set of tools, equipment, machinery, etc., for the production of some new or different thing. We're planning on retooling for the next line of computer chips in the coming weeks. We have an annual plant shutdown in the summer. It gives our employees a chance to take a vacation while we retool for a new model of cars.
2. To revise, reorganize, or bring up to date for some purpose, goal, or change. The city is frantically trying to retool for an ever-expanding population that has already begun putting strain on its infrastructure. Our consultants specialize in helping individuals and small business owners retool for radical changes in their business plans or structures.
3. To acquire the skills and know-how needed for some pursuit or challenge. I studied English in college, but I'd like to retool for a career in finance. Many people are finding they need to retool for a marketplace that is increasingly dependent on online technologies and skills.
4. To furnish or equip a factory or manufacturing plant with a new set of tools, equipment, machinery, etc., for the production of some new or different thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "retool" and "for." It will take a sizable chunk of money to retool the factory for such a radically different kind of product. We've finished retooling the processing plant for the new type of microchips.
5. To revise, reorganize, or bring up to date someone, something, or oneself for a particular purpose, goal, or change. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "retool" and "for." The bank is retooling their online infrastructure to bring it in line with their competitors. The political party is retooling some of their stances on social issues to appeal to a broader demographic of voters.
6. To furnish or provide oneself with the skills and know-how needed for some pursuit or challenge. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "retool" and "for." The seminar is aimed at anyone who wants to retool themselves for a more lucrative career. She said she's retooling herself for a possible career in science education.
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retool something for something

to set up a factory with new or altered tools for a different kind of production. The manager decided to retool the factory for greater efficiency. We will retool the plant for next year's models.
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retool for something

 
1. Lit. to set up with new or altered tools for a different kind of production. The factory was closed down so they could retool for next year's model. How soon can we retool for this new line ofproducts?
2. Fig. to prepare oneself for a different kind of work. He decided to retool for a new job in the computer industry. I am too old to retool for a job like this.
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Most of the industries have not retooled for quite some time so we are not able to produce at a lower cost and compete with other products that are coming in from other countries.'
According to the company, the facility is being retooled for new products and will be capable of producing a wide range.
Vendors who had retooled for higher-end products found themselves forced to reverse course, at least partially.
as our own society is retooled for an open-ended "war on terrorism." Ominously, much of the federal debt being accumulated as Washington militarizes our society is being underwritten by Communist China, which (not to put too fine a point on the matter) has a less collegial relationship with the U.S.
Artisan's pie about an unemployed man who follows his dream to be a ventriloquist was finished in late 2001 only to be retooled for last week's Gotham bow.
Rather than replacing the mechanical jigs on the robots when a conventional line is to be retooled for a new car model, engineers merely reprogram the IBAS computer software which downloads the operations the robots require to assemble another car model.
The plant is being retooled for the assembly of the new Buick Verano and Chevrolet Aveo.