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.

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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Historical Examples of reinvention

  • Skilled in optics as he was, the reinvention was a task neither long nor difficult for him.


    David Todd

  • After the reinvention we have been surprised to discover that previous generations had used these instruments long before us.

British Dictionary definitions for reinvention


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 reinvention

1719, from re- + invention.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper