- 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 reinvent
It is all too easy to be despondent in the face of what seems like the endless capacity of evil to reinvent itself.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
While Madonna has had to reinvent herself every couple of years, Lennox has done the exact opposite.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
New York City was the perfect spot to lose his past and reinvent himself.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
In anticipation of 2016 the GOP had better consolidate its goods and reinvent its brand.Wake Up, Republicans: Hillary Clinton’s Machine Can Crush You
September 26, 2014
We showed up in the early hours, threw a microphone on Joan and simply followed her on a year-long quest to reinvent herself.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star
September 8, 2014
The utopian in me says that we will find ways to reinvent literacy, if not save it.The Civilization of Illiteracy
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
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
- 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
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