re·​in·​vent | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈvent How to pronounce reinvent (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reinvention (audio) \ 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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For Swaniker, this graduation serves as the first milestone in an ambitious program to reinvent education for a new generation in a uniquely African context. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 Their research has allowed artificial intelligence technologies to progress at a rate that was not possible in the past and has reinvented the way technology is built. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company," 6 June 2019 While Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name out of reinventing space travel and exploration, one of its long-term plans is to fill the sky with satellites transmitting high-speed Internet to every point on the globe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Wants Global Broadband Internet. Here's His First Step," 13 May 2019 Now that things are changing (like majorly), Kelly is taking the opportunity to reinvent herself. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Teen Drama "The Society"," 4 Apr. 2019 The city's Meatpacking District has reinvented itself, and is now suffused with cool bars, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Kaurismäki intercuts Khaled's progress in Helsinki (finding a shelter to stay in, appealing for asylum) with the story of Wikström, an aging Finnish businessman trying to reinvent his life. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Comedy / Film / Foreign The Other Side of Hope is a career-best achievement for Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki," 9 Jan. 2018 Goldstein, of the Boston Globe’s very popular Love Letters column and podcast, takes a bouquet of familiar rom-com tropes and reinvents them with a STEM twist. Susan Kaplan Carlton,, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 The youthful city has been reinventing itself over the past couple of years and is ready to steal the spotlight once and for all. Ian Centrone, Esquire, "The 13 Best Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations for 2018," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of reinvent

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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