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Definition of "reinvent" []

  • To make over completely: "She reinvented Indian cooking to fit a Western kitchen and a Western larder” ( Irene Sax). (verb-transitive)
  • To bring back into existence or use: reinvented the concept of neighborliness. (verb-transitive)
  • Reinvent the wheel To do something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort: "School districts need not reinvent the wheel every time they try to improve their schools” ( Washington Post). (idiom)
  • Reinvent the wheel To recast something familiar or old into a different form: "Call it reinventing the wheel or recasting old ideas, but these contemporary versions have a spirit and style all their own” ( New York Times). (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reinvent" in a sentence
  • "When Japan enters the Second World War, Gion's isolation is finally breached and Sayuri must once again reinvent herself and her way of existence."
  • "Boutique labels reinvent the artist-label relationship"
  • "Lets be optimistic and assume we do "reinvent", that fiscal responsibility takes hold, less debt, spending more in line with revenue, health care made manageable."