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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The other homegrown elementary OS apps take a similar approach, reinventing the wheel a little. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Since its arrival in 2003, chef René Redzepi's Noma has been recognized as the restaurant that entirely reinvented Nordic cuisine. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Harbaugh, Pep Hamilton, Ed Warinner, Jim McElwain and Sherrone Moore don't need to reinvent the wheel over the next three months. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offensive mission is simple: Don't self-destruct," 14 May 2018 No one is reinventing the wheel with this philosophy. Larry Holder,, "Whether it's Lamar Jackson or not, Saints draft strategy should be 'best player available'," 4 Mar. 2018 The adaptation more or else reinvents Thackeray’s book, and so the characters don’t always make total sense or maintain any consistency. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Vanity Fair’ Review: The Novel Without a Hero’s Latest Heroine," 20 Dec. 2018 Last year saw some of the biggest names in video games reinvented and rejuvenated, from the lush open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the heart-pounding Resident Evil 7 to the manic wackiness of Super Mario Odyssey. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Personally, Snip & Sketch seems like Microsoft reinventing the wheel once again, doing away with the perfectly functional Snipping Tool to add another utility that does largely the same thing, albeit with inking capabilities. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme," 14 Nov. 2018 My hard fall off the ledge of leaning in forced me to reinvent my career. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 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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