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
Recent Examples on the Web USA TODAY Honda wants to reinvent the steering wheel. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Honda wants to reinvent the steering wheel with this self-driving concept," 24 Dec. 2019 This repurposing of vacant and abandoned land for productive use first drew the attention of the world and began to inch Detroit’s reputation from Rust Belt failure to that of a city reinventing itself. John Gallagher,, "Departing Free Press columnist John Gallagher pens open letter to Detroiters," 19 Dec. 2019 Having earned box-office bonuses the first time out, director/co-writer Jake Kasdan clearly isn't looking to reinvent the wheel, or even re-program it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Jumanji: The Next Level' repeats the program, with a few welcome wrinkles," 10 Dec. 2019 Van Halen’s supersonic, super-catchy 1978 album reinvented and rejuvenated heavy music. Matt Wake |, al, "Close encounters of the Van Halen kind," 8 Jan. 2020 China’s huge market for EVs is creating a supply chain that startups like WM and self-reinventing incumbents like vw will rely on. The Economist, "China has never mastered internal-combustion engines," 2 Jan. 2020 An age-old Republican idea reinvented by Pruitt, the proposal was met with a barrage of criticism from scientists, physicians and public interest groups. Sean Reilly, Science | AAAS, "EPA science advisers slammed the agency for ignoring science. Here is what they said," 2 Jan. 2020 Lowes: Save on select appliances, tools and storage to help reinvent your home in 2020. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the best after-Christmas sales to shop before the new year starts," 27 Dec. 2019 Social reformers responded by energetically reinventing traditions. Anne Lawrence-mathers, Quartz, "Reinvention of Christmas decorations is a historical tradition," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of reinvent

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reinvent was in 1686

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27 Jan 2020

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“Reinvent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce reinvent (audio)

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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