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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 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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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.
See also: retool
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The retooling is to be completed by the end of 2009 and will be fully operational in early 2010.
"I wouldn't expect there to be a major retooling of the squad," he said.
Retooling HR is a wonderful resource for HR professionals who are struggling to engage their leadership team in talent discussions, for young HR professionals trying to drive decisions with data, or for anyone longing to change HR from a "soft" discipline into one that is understood and appreciated for the very real bottom line impact it can contribute.
According to Cheong, the retooling program will provide six months of preparatory training in Abu Dhabi.
The Administration views the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program as central to its goal of retooling homeless services into crisis response systems that will prevent homelessness and rapidly return people who experience homelessness to stable housing.
The European Commission has now authorised this handout which will be spent on retooling the company's Termini Imerese plant in Sicily.
Flex360, ABPG's in-house Web development shop, is retooling Home BancShares Inc.
That has been less of a concern in subsequent eras, but retooling veterans' education to meet the demands of changing job markets is no less a concern.
The report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, calls for the immediate training of all healthcare providers in the basics of geriatric care.
The retooling, done with the assistance of Steve Cross of Ingersoll Cutting Tools, was with the Ingersoll Form-Master Speed, a hybrid face mill.
It takes us through the twists and turns and the unpredictability of cases and decisions brought before appeals courts and human rights tribunals, like the above retooling of the age-old institution of marriage, that repeatedly demonstrate the departure of our judges from hundreds of years of tradition of judicial restraint and into activism solely motivated by their ideological preferences.
By retooling our brand, we look to more succinctly capture what makes us special and to further enhance our position in the marketplace."
"Customers were skeptical about the new equipment at first because they thought it would mean retooling costs," said Robert Gerstmeier, president.
Eli Lilly do Brasil invested $10 million retooling its Brazilian operations.