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
Recent Examples on the Web In partnership with the Reno Gazette Journal, USA TODAY has spent the past 18 months documenting this fight over Reno’s strip clubs as a city that has thrived on vice tries to reinvent itself as a big-tech mecca. Anjeanette Damon, USA Today, "High heels, high tech, high stakes: What happened when Reno tried to kick out its strip clubs," 29 Oct. 2019 With a new Crazy Horse album, a new book, and his very own high-resolution streaming platform, the 73-year-old rock legend has set himself the modest goals of reuniting his beloved band, reinventing the wheel, and rescuing music for all humanity. Wired, "The Pagan Mechanic Rides Again: Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier," 22 Oct. 2019 And a personal favorite, the sleek, figurative Révélation d’une Panthère, which reinvents the iconic feline that made its debut in 1914 and thrived in the hands of Cartier’s legendary creative director Jeanne Toussaint. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Why Grand Duchess Vladimir, a Long-Gone Romanov, Continues to Inspire Cartier's Watch Designs," 1 Oct. 2019 Robinhood, started in 2013, is the most popular of a wave of apps to have emerged in recent years that try to reinvent the previously staid world of personal finance for the smartphone era. David Ingram, NBC News, "With confetti and cryptocurrency, stock app Robinhood nudges investors toward risk," 12 Sep. 2019 Others are trying to reinvent themselves in a shifting media and political landscape. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Boundless Grift of Right-Wing Media Watchdogs," 4 Sep. 2019 Like malls across the country, Stonestown has tried to reinvent itself in the past few years. J.k. Dineen,, "Stonestown Galleria loses a big anchor tenant, but quickly backfills space," 28 June 2019 The clown show that is the AFC East still features the ever-inept Jets, Bills, and Dolphins reinventing themselves with new quarterbacks and coaches. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Why Bill Belichick and the Patriots fit our self-image," 7 Sep. 2019 To make things a bit more interesting, Carper altered and redesigned a lot of the pieces, reinventing them and reintroducing them back into their wardrobe. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Camilla Carper Is the Designer Letting People Dress Them, All in the Name of Art," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Reinvent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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