from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make over completely: "She reinvented Indian cooking to fit a Western kitchen and a Western larder” ( Irene Sax).
- transitive v. To bring back into existence or use: reinvented the concept of neighborliness.
- idiom 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To invent again something that has already been invented.
- v. To renew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To devise or create anew, independently and without knowledge of a previous invention.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bring back into existence
- v. create anew and make over
re- + invent (Wiktionary)