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 reinvent (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 From our hedge fund reporter Antoine Gara, meet Exxon’s activist investor who is trying to reinvent the index fund with an intriguing new ETF. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 26 June 2021 But maybe Bertrand is the fresh face who can sweep past an opposition figure (Le Pen) who has spent most of her political career trying to reinvent her party, and then oust Macron. Ian Bremmer, Time, 24 June 2021 Most interactive restaurants spent months desperately trying to reinvent themselves. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 Will Vinton, by contrast, tried to reinvent himself as an independent filmmaker and educator, teaching at the Art Institute of Portland and lecturing on animation. oregonlive, 11 June 2021 But that was about as far as GameStop was willing to go in discussing its strategy to reinvent itself as an e-commerce success. Scott Nover, Quartz, 10 June 2021 Thomas tried to reinvent himself as a basketball trainer, working with young kids on their skills. Mike Hutton,, 4 June 2021 Kim, who also wrote the hit dramas Signal and Phantom, decided to reinvent the plague as a zombie virus. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Their plan for the safari lodge was to reinvent it as a model for operating sustainably in the middle of nowhere. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Reinvent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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