Definition of reinvent in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːɪnˈvɛnt/


[with object]
1Change (something) so much that it appears to be entirely new: he brought opera to the masses and reinvented the waltz
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  • ‘This building reinvents the form of the library in many, many ways,’ Miller says.
  • Fukuyama reinvents this narrative of technology's capacity to usher in a new millennium, by suggesting that the paradise we are destined to find at the end of history is not that of Milton, but of Adam Smith.
  • If Star Wars brought a bigger budget to the cliffhanging Saturday morning serials of yore, then ET takes the Lassie films of Spielberg's youth and magically reinvents them for a space age generation.
1.1 (reinvent oneself) Take up a radically new job or way of life: the actor wants to reinvent himself as an independent movie mogul
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  • Constantly changing, radically reinventing himself, Wittman is forever in a state of flux.
  • Since mass education has constantly and often radically reinvented itself, there is great formal disparity and discontinuity across different eras, with many older buildings still in use.
  • He has now reinvented himself as a radical stand-up with just enough charm and stagecraft to get away with an amazingly low ratio of jokes to running time.


reinvent the wheel

Waste a great deal of time or effort in creating something that already exists: he spoke with the fervour of discovery, unaware that he was reinventing the wheel
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  • Will others squander valuable time reinventing the wheel because existing data never saw the light of day?
  • I have dedicated myself to learning from other people's experiences so that I do not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel.
  • ‘We don't try to reinvent the wheel and create new online resources,’ says Jacka.
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