Definition of reframe in English:



[with object]
  • 1Place (a picture or photograph) in a new frame.

    • ‘Allen went through the program's application process and was awarded a contract by the league to reframe more than 300 pictures to fit the color scheme at the league's new headquarters on Park Avenue in New York.’
    • ‘‘Because reframing the portraits is a preventative measure, without the grant the project might have been put on hold,’ Paisley said.’
    • ‘For example, she once reframed a self-portrait by her sister, but decided that she liked the original frame better.’
    • ‘Finally, the watercolours were reframed using a more neutral wooden frame and special non-reflective glazing.’
    • ‘The Thomsons' predicament is a stellar leap away from the world of Matisse copies and Jack Vettriano posters, but the decision to reframe the Rubens isn't as barmy as it sounds.’
    • ‘Dr. Stanley would likely get the same response if he asked millionaires about reframing their artwork.’
    • ‘I noticed he had the picture of us reframed and it was on his desk where it always had been.’
    • ‘Here, I've created a display you can make for your shop that can motivate your customer to reframe family pictures that already decorate their office or home.’
    • ‘I want to reframe this lithograph and put it on display.’
  • 2Frame or express (words or a concept or plan) differently.

    ‘I reframed my question’
    • ‘It reframes the notion of risk by discussing the socio-economic, philosophical and metaphysical risks associated with GMOs.’
    • ‘Clinton did what he could to survive, reframe the Democratic image and move the country forward while under monumental pressure from the opposition.’
    • ‘To reframe the question: Is it a good idea to replace a piece of our defined benefit social security system with a defined contribution plan where individuals invest part of their contribution themselves?’
    • ‘We are ahead of the game, we can show audiences the big picture, and reframe the issues that confront all of us.’
    • ‘Edwards reframes the question right away, goes on the offensive, and talks about people.’
    • ‘I, like a math teacher, reframed the question to make the logical point.’
    • ‘Lawyers can read such things and see what hasn't been said and pose necessary questions and reframe arguments and so forth.’
    • ‘They rarely test how reframing the debate might change perceptions.’
    • ‘One thing they all have in common is a blurring of the traditional boundaries between subjects and objects, which automatically reframes the issue of social agency.’
    • ‘‘These issues have to be reframed and understood as ‘moral’ issues,’ Gore says.’
    • ‘For children, the liminal space of play allows them to reconfigure power relationships, explore identities, and reframe actions.’
    • ‘He successfully reframed the issue as being not about petty internal rules, but instead the little man standing up against the big political machine.’
    • ‘I posted a glowing review of this speech back in June of 2003 because I thought it was one of the best examples of reframing the economic issues I had seen in many a day.’
    • ‘In this case, it appears that the Madison Avenue-driven war campaign has succeeded in reframing the debate onto grounds that Republicans found electorally fertile.’
    • ‘More than merely instilling a positive attitude, cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients to reframe their expectations about what will happen if they exert themselves.’
    • ‘It was the counselor's role to help the youths clarify and reframe belief constructs while helping to identify and translate the subconscious into the conscious.’
    • ‘And when someone challenges him, he does not fight - he reframes the argument.’
    • ‘In any case, the timing is ideal for social justice advocates to help reframe the terms of this crucial debate, which will have an immediate impact on public health and far-reaching consequences for communities of color.’
    • ‘She elicits data, then frames and reframes the situation to keep the discussion moving.’
    • ‘Intellectually, I've also reframed my strategy.’