- 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 reinvention
Over the years, this country has offered many of its immigrant groups a remarkable opportunity for reinvention.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
After the midterm defeat that year, John Boehner conducted his own reinvention of the Speakership.The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
March 25, 2014
“This is a product in search of reinvention,” said Matt Towery, an Atlanta-based Republican political consultant.Sarah Palin’s Battleground Book Tour for ‘Good Tidings and Great Joy’
November 13, 2013
Now, as they enter the fourth estate and seek its reinvention, I implore them: be bold.A Challenge to New Media Moguls Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Bezos
November 4, 2013
More importantly, Cher Horowitz taught us the importance of reinvention.From ‘Mean Girls’ to ‘Clueless’: Pop Culture’s Best Back-to-School-Lessons
October 1, 2013
- 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 reinvention
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