[ ree-in-vent ]
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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.

  1. to bring back; revive: to reinvent trust and accountability.

Origin of reinvent

First recorded in 1685–90; re- + invent

Other words from reinvent

  • re·in·ven·tion, noun

Words Nearby reinvent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reinvent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reinvent


/ (ˌriːɪnˈvɛnt) /

  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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