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 reinvention (audio) \ 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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Japan, in desperate need to reinvent its industry in the aftermath of World War II, was eager to learn, and the companies that adopted his techniques of statistical process control saw enormous gains. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 Put it on a stick A quick and easy way to reinvent simple foods is to thread them on wooden skewers. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 healthy (and fun) back-to-school lunch hacks," 3 Sep. 2019 That creative act poses a challenge for a raft of software startups trying to use artificial intelligence to reinvent sales. Tiernan Ray, Fortune, "The A.I. of the Deal: These Data-Rich Startups Want to Automate Sales," 2 Sep. 2019 All the hallmarks of Tool’s last two albums — 2001’s Lateralus and 2006’s 10,000 Days — are revisited and reinvented. Christopher R. Weingarten,, "Tool's Fear Inoculum is a deeply satisfying return to form," 1 Sep. 2019 Nevada made a smart move in completely reinventing the production. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 5 Best Liam Payne Remixes," 29 Aug. 2019 Or Stay by Sea For those who still like the idea of exploring by boat, experiential travel agency Pelorus is reinventing the idea of the Alaskan cruise. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 By then, however, Mr. Piña had stepped far outside the bounds of traditional cumbia, reinventing his band, Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá, as an avatar of Latin American musical fusion. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Celso Piña, Mexican cumbia artist and ‘accordion rebel,’ dies at 66," 22 Aug. 2019 Oddly enough, the coordinator who once threw it all over the field at Cincinnati might have to reinvent everything again to go back to that approach at Kentucky. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football's offense seems ready to reinvent itself and throw the football more," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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