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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

re- +‎ invent



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