reinvent
transitive verb Date: 1686 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 • reinvention noun

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  • reinvent — UK US /ˌriːɪnˈvent/ verb [T] ► to change something in a basic way so that it works differently: »It s all about reinventing the way we do business. »They must face reality and reinvent their failing systems. ● reinvent yourself Cf. reinvent… …   Financial and business terms

  • reinvent — 1680s, from RE (Cf. re ) + INVENT (Cf. invent). Related: Reinvented; reinventing. Phrase reinvent the wheel “do redundant work” attested by 1971 …   Etymology dictionary

  • reinvent — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • reinvent — [[t]ri͟ːɪnve̱nt[/t]] reinvents, reinventing, reinvented 1) VERB To reinvent something means to change it so that it seems different and new. [V n] They have tried to reinvent their retail stores... [V pron refl] He was determined to reinvent… …   English dictionary

  • reinvent — UK [ˌriːɪnˈvent] / US [ˌrɪɪnˈvent] verb [transitive] Word forms reinvent : present tense I/you/we/they reinvent he/she/it reinvents present participle reinventing past tense reinvented past participle reinvented to change something that already… …   English dictionary

  • reinvent — re|in|vent [ˌri:ınˈvent] v [T] 1.) to make changes to an idea, method, system etc in order to improve it or make it more modern = ↑reform ▪ plans to reinvent the American educational system 2.) reinvent yourself to do something differently from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reinvent — re|in|vent [ ,riın vent ] verb transitive to change something that already exists and give it a different form or purpose reinvent the wheel INFORMAL to waste time and effort trying to do something that someone else has already done well reinvent …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reinvent — [ˌriːɪnˈvent] verb [T] to change something that already exists and give it a different form or purpose • reinvent the wheel to waste time and effort trying to do something that someone else has already done well[/ex] reinvent yourself to change… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • reinvent — /riɪnˈvɛnt/ (say reein vent) verb (t) 1. to produce (a device, solution, etc.), believing it to be original, when it has in fact been invented before. –phrase 2. reinvent oneself, to create a new character, appearance, role, etc., for oneself:… …   Australian English dictionary

  • reinvent — reinvention, n. /ree in vent /, v.t. 1. to invent again or anew, esp. without knowing that the invention already exists. 2. to remake as if from the very beginning; renovate: to reinvent government. [1685 90; RE + INVENT] * * * …   Universalium

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