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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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 There’s more than one way to wear Chanel and celebrity devotees of the French house continue to reinvent the classics. Vogue, "Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Raise the Bar for Couple Style at the Tribeca Film Festival," 30 Apr. 2019 The brand is also constantly playing with innovative ways to reinvent the runway experience. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch the Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2019 Show Live," 10 Feb. 2019 Does any other designer reinvent his or her message so comprehensively every season while remaining so identifiably them/him/herself as Rick Owens? Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 And this allows Ford to take a piece of history and reinvent it. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Morouns out: Ford sends invitations for Detroit train station party," 11 June 2018 Unable to reinvent itself, Black Alliance for Educational Options to shut down after nearly 20 years. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care," 30 May 2018 Being a mother redefines us, reinvents us, destroys and rebuilds us. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey, and Other Powerful Women on Being Working Moms," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of reinvent

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2019

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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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