re·in·vent | \ˌrē-ən-ˈvent \
reinvented; reinventing; reinvents

Definition of reinvent 

transitive verb

1 : to make as if for the first time something already invented reinvent the wheel

2 : to remake or redo completely

3 : to bring into use again

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Other Words from reinvent

reinvention \ˌrē-ən-ˈven(t)-shən \ noun

Examples of reinvent in a Sentence

The candidate promised to reinvent Social Security. chefs who reinvent regional favorites using exotic ingredients

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In recent years, though, it’s been reintroduced as an archival silhouette that can be continuously reinvented. Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, Glamour, "It's Time to Get Reacquainted With Polo Shirts," 22 May 2018 Yogurt is one of those categories that’s been reinvented over and over. Liza Weisstuch,, "Local investors banked on skyr being a big cheese in US market, too," 9 Apr. 2018 The researchers have a technique that can be used to retrieve any kernel data, and that technique (or some other technique, with the same capability) has been independently reinvented by at least three other people. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer," 15 Jan. 2018 In recent years, Jornet has transcended traditional endurance sports, establishing himself in an elite club of adventurers that is reinventing high-mountain objectives. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 This morning, at the Paris ceremony for the LVMH Prize, Stone wore a look from the label's Cruise 2019 collection that reinvented a classic: the power suit. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emma Stone Puts a Fresh Twist on the Power Suit in Louis Vuitton," 6 June 2018 Unfortunately, Stacey and Dawn overheard Arthie’s idea to reinvent her character, and steal it to ditch their old lady personas and become the Toxic Twins. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 Visual art’s gravitational field had renewed its pull decades before my mother had reinvented herself as a writer. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 In recent years this tinkering has reached a new pitch as breeders, growers and nurseries have frantically sought to reinvent the rose and reshape its image as a sickly and fussy plant. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of reinvent

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to reinvent

reinvent oneself

reinvent the wheel

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The first known use of reinvent was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of reinvent

: to make major changes or improvements to (something)

: to present (something) in a different or new way

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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