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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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 The influential gathering of global energy leaders, which began Monday and is being held virtually this year due to the pandemic, is a succession of CEOs and government officials detailing efforts to reinvent themselves for a lower-carbon world. Collin Eaton, WSJ, "Houston’s Big Oil Conference Goes Green as Energy Transition Accelerates," 2 Mar. 2021 The company is stuck in an uncomfortable netherworld: not big enough to present a big threat to drugstore rivals Walgreens and CVS but not agile or rich enough to reinvent itself. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "More store closings in 2021? These are the most vulnerable major retailers of 2021 as pandemic continues," 30 Dec. 2020 Below is a list tracing the fortunes of 10 former tea party powerhouses as the GOP continues to reinvent itself. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "House tea party stars a decade on: Where are they now?," 26 Dec. 2020 Denver, highly skilled at using movement and passing to generate offense, proved to be a poor matchup for a Blazers defense attempting to reinvent itself. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers eager for games that matter following flat preseason: ‘I think people will see a completely different team tomorrow’," 23 Dec. 2020 Hudgens helped reinvent the Disney machine for a new era of young stars with the High School Musical franchise. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "Disney and Nickelodeon Stars Gone Pop: A Ranking," 25 Jan. 2021 The restaurant might allow the park to reinvent itself, especially among parents looking to have lunch or dinner with their kids. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Klyde Warren Park’s new high-profile restaurant? Mi Cocina," 19 Jan. 2021 The Tigers have an opportunity to reinvent themselves, to an extent, this season given all the turnover and fresh faces on the roster. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn’s added length could reshape defensive identity," 22 Oct. 2020 Each infected person is, essentially, a chance for SARS-CoV-2 to reinvent itself. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "The Most Worrying Mutations in Five Emerging Coronavirus Variants," 29 Jan. 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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4 Mar 2021

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“Reinvent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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