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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
First recorded in 1685-90; re- + invent
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reinvention, noun Unabridged
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  • The utopian in me says that we will find ways to reinvent literacy, if not save it.

  • But it's gone, it's gone, and there's no time to reinvent it now.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • Or did he reinvent it for himself, forgetting that it had already served?

    Inquiries and Opinions Brander Matthews
  • A spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy, that brings forth the vision and courage to reinvent America.

  • Another sent it back minus the last leaf, the matter of which Henry had to reinvent and Aunt Annie to recopy.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
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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