- 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
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Examples from the Web for reinvented
A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
In recent years, away from the screen, Hurley has reinvented herself as a yummy mummy.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
Apple alum Tony Fadell reinvented the boring market for home thermostats with his sleek and eco-savvy digital Nest.
The hipster former Apple guys who reinvented the thermostat have come up with the next big thing: a smoke alarm.
Lewis is retired, and Thain has reinvented himself as CEO of the reinvented lender CIT Group.Banks Really Are Different Five Years After the Financial Crisis
September 17, 2013
The essential point is that "Australia was reinvented by Flinders."The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders
They invariably went out of use after a time, however, and had to be reinvented.Medieval Medicine
James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
Customs almost forgotten revive or are reinvented in the mind of the hero, extravagances of grief and anger.The World of Homer
In 1758 John Dolland reinvented and introduced the same in the manufacture of telescopes.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
Edward W. Byrn
These were afterwards lost and were reinvented probably several times.Education: How Old The New
James J. Walsh
- 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 reinvented
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