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
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.
Literally taking a page from Zenoscope Publishing, who are developing the motion picture "Return To Wonderland", spinning-off their horror comic book series "Grimm Fairy Tales", Syfy has decided to 'reinvent' fairy tales as part of their Saturday night TV movie franchise, airing five films, putting a 'contemporary twist' on a classic (public domain) story, from "Hansel & Gretel" to "Little Red Riding Hood".
It's a dually beneficial program, because host agencies provide new or additional community service opportunities while seniors receive training and a means to "reinvent" their career lives.
Mr. Kim would not comment on what he characterized as rumors, but said the company has major players as partners that would "reinvent" TV over the next year.
Clinton was seeking to "reinvent" the government - and by extension, agencies such as MMS.
In the first two of five public meetings planned for this fall, hundreds of anxious residents packed community halls this week, enticed by the wide-open agenda and the chance to confront city leaders and urban planners working on a plan to "reinvent" the city.
People like him don't ever really "go away;" they just "reinvent" themselves -- along with their "reinterpretations" of the truth.
But Harrington says "reinvent" isn't the right word.