[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reintegrate,
  2. reintegration,
  3. reinterpret,
  4. reintroduce,
  5. reintroduction,
  6. reinvent the wheel,
  7. reinvention,
  8. reinvest,
  9. reinvestigate,
  10. reinvigorate

Origin of reinvent

First recorded in 1685–90; re- + invent

Related formsre·in·ven·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reinvented


/ (ˌriːɪnˈvɛnt) /

verb (tr)

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



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

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