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[ree-in-vent] /ˌri ɪnˈvɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists.
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.
to bring back; revive:
to reinvent trust and accountability.
Origin of reinvent
1685-90; re- + invent
Related forms
reinvention, noun Unabridged
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  • And it offers a lesson about the ways in which buildings, people, and towns can reinvent themselves.
  • Architects trying to reinvent the airport have done so at their peril.
  • As with maps, he did not intend to dabble in these markets, he intended to reinvent them.
  • It made me realize that there's no reason to reinvent the wheel.
  • The building is original, but doesn't strain to reinvent the idea of a museum.
  • Old media powers must constantly reinvent themselves.
  • Health reform provides a toolbox that local health systems can use to reinvent the way they deliver care.
  • If they were ever to become reality, it seemed, he would have to reinvent everything.
  • They want to reinvent the bike and and do not want to move from one place.
  • So when the crisis strikes companies paid lobbies and politicians to reinvent demand with war.
British Dictionary definitions for reinvent


verb (transitive)
to replace (a product, etc) with an entirely new version
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 reinvent

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

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