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What's the word/phrase to indicate that applicability of something has been changed. For example in a given scenario, how to announce " enjoy tool "A" in its new application" in the form of "---- of tool "A"".

  • You mean an -"update"? – user66974 Feb 25 '16 at 7:09
  • @Josh61, No! For example, using a knife for fixing a car! It emphasizes on innovation, novel perspective to turn something useful into another useful thing. Of course, there are strong theoretical reasons that support the idea. – Eilia Feb 25 '16 at 7:18
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Consider reimagine.

Merriam-Webster defines it as:

to imagine again or anew; especially : to form a new conception of

Wiktionary suggests a similar meaning

To imagine or conceive something in a new way

Usage:

Presenting the reimagined version of Tool A

A complete reimagination of ToolA

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How about retool?

  1. To fit out (a factory, for example) with a new set of machinery and tools for making a different product.

  2. (Chiefly AmEng) To revise and reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating or improving. AHD

Enjoy "A" in its retooled application.

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If you change applicability of something, it usually improves or upgrades the applicability.

You could consider using "upgraded version". To upgrade means:

Raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

  • I don't think this fits the bill – NVZ Feb 25 '16 at 8:17
  • @NVZ Can you elaborate? The question doesn't have anything to support your suggestion. – user140086 Feb 25 '16 at 8:19
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Consider Upcycle

I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

It basically means to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Also see: Upcycling vs Recycling.There's a subtle difference.

These words may be found useful, although not perfectly - repurposing, re-engineering, redoing, remodeling, renovating, revising, re-implementing.

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Off label use is a widely understood humorous euphemism.

There are some others used by tradesmen that have escaped the narrow confines of their trade.

"Birmingham screwdriver" for a hammer, and by extension, any abusive tool misuse borne of necessity or laziness.

When you hold on to a found object, utensil, or part be cause it just happens to perform some odd job perfectly, it becomes "special tool #39" (or some other number). There is a folk etymology suggesting this came from an automotive tool kit that came with an empty slot.

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