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 His tour with the character puts immense pressure on Marvel and Mackie, who have to reinvent one of the most beloved Avengers for future adventures. Chris Smith, BGR, "This is the most exciting Marvel movie leak we’ve seen in a long time," 27 Apr. 2021 Everybody has to reinvent the way that they get paid. Javier Hasse, Forbes, "Curren$y On His Upcoming NFT-Only Album, Smoke Sesh With Fans: ‘It’s So Many Things, It’s Tangible’," 19 Apr. 2021 Like so many caterers, Yonette Alleyne — who specializes in dishes from Guyana, a country on South America’s northern coast with close cultural ties to the Caribbean — had to reinvent her business model in a blur last year. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "12 stellar places for springtime takeout and outdoor dining," 26 Mar. 2021 But nothing comes close to cruise ships, which have had to reinvent themselves. Washington Post, "What covid-19 did to travel — and what it will do," 10 Mar. 2021 Others have tried to reinvent American media without success. Washington Post, "Dan Bongino isn’t just taking over where Rush Limbaugh left off — he’s building a conservative media universe," 20 Apr. 2021 Here’s my plea to whoever might come courting my favorite movie theater: Rescue but don’t reinvent. Los Angeles Times, "Save the ArcLight Hollywood and its Cinerama Dome — just as they are. No remake required," 17 Apr. 2021 But most school districts were not able to provide a device to every student until the summer or fall, and teachers struggled to reinvent lessons and engage meaningfully with their classes. Andres Picon, San Antonio Express-News, "'Education has changed forever' - COVID upended K-12 schooling, and there's no going back," 15 Apr. 2021 But vaccination sites are only a temporary fix for landlords trying to figure out how to reinvent spaces as retailers increasingly look to smaller stores and online sales. Lauren Zumbach,, "From checkout lines to vaccine lines: Vacant big-box stores get new life as mass vaccination sites," 9 Apr. 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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15 May 2021

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“Reinvent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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