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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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  • 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

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 reinvent
v.

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

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