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reinvent

[ree-in-vent] /ˌri ɪnˈvɛnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists.
2.
to remake or make over, as in a different form:
At 60, he reinvented himself as a volunteer. We have an opportunity to reinvent government.
3.
to bring back; revive:
to reinvent trust and accountability.
Origin
1685-1690
1685-90; re- + invent
Related forms
reinvention, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for re invent

reinvent

/ˌriːɪnˈvɛnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to replace (a product, etc) with an entirely new version
2.
to duplicate (something that already exists) in what is therefore a wasted effort (esp in the phrase reinvent the wheel)
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Word Origin and History for re invent

reinvent

v.

1680s, from re- + invent. Related: Reinvented; reinventing. Phrase reinvent the wheel "do redundant work" attested by 1971.

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