Definition of reinvent in English:

reinvent

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Change (something) so much that it appears to be entirely new.

    ‘he brought opera to the masses and reinvented the waltz’
    • ‘Each age reinvents classical mythology in its own image.’
    • ‘Typically Rathore, the collection reinvents the strengths of Rajasthan.’
    • ‘Much interest lies in how Eggers reinvents the posturing put forth in the hardcover text.’
    • ‘‘This building reinvents the form of the library in many, many ways,’ Miller says.’
    • ‘India's poverty absorbs everything and uniquely reinvents it.’
    • ‘Thus he reinvents pointe and classical with clean lines, relentless questioning and more gender-bending icons.’
    • ‘The potential momentum of diminishing privilege is so horrifying, they must handle it by reinventing the language of their enemy as their own.’
    • ‘I say wheeze because every generation feels the need to reinvent a graduated state pension, much as it reinvents the grammar school and the nuclear deterrent.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous face as well as the proscenium are the lingering elements that integrate with still life, largely reinventing this concept with different perception.’
    • ‘Rather the reverse: art remains his vocation, but he reinvents it, horribly.’
    • ‘A group of young artists are reinventing their culture - and commanding attention in the art world - with their fresh and contemporary painting.’
    • ‘We're going to continue basically reinventing the civil defense movement that that aided our country during World War II.’
    • ‘The technology reinvents the conventional distribution-exhibition model in India.’
    • ‘Concrete music reinvents raw sound such as that of a door with rusty hinges, breath, a thunderstorm or a waterfall.’
    • ‘Gordon has stated that he needs to be different each night and so he reinvents the show every night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the features of the day was the Carracastle pipe band who marched down the road to the alley thus reinventing scenes of when pipe bands were a regular feature of tournament Sundays in Cully.’
    • ‘Just when it seems he is falling into a repetitious, stylistic pit, he reinvents the presentation.’
    • ‘Paul D. Miller, is a visionary who continually reinvents his medium with a multitude of ventures, including online publishing and music production.’
    • ‘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. 1.1reinvent oneself Take up a radically new job or way of life.
      ‘the actor wants to reinvent himself as an independent movie mogul’
      • ‘But, like Turner, she continually reinvents herself.’
      • ‘She works in the fruit and vegetable section of a supermarket and by this bizarre event completely reinvents herself.’
      • ‘After being a total geek in school, he's expelled and reinvents himself with the help of an inmate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is said - our correspondents said, other people say it - that Las Vegas is a city of transformation, a city that reinvents itself.’
      • ‘He's excited to be at the event, and really ready to hear so many people talk positively about reinventing yourself.’
      • ‘New York is a city that endlessly reinvents itself and, in the process of doing so, provides almost limitless opportunities for missed dreams to be dreamt again and to be realized.’
      • ‘But the New Economy is about constantly reinventing yourself and being creative and moving to where you can charge your customer a premium.’
      • ‘As true as that is for America in general, it is even truer by an order of magnitude for New York City which reinvents itself every generation.’
      • ‘Pran is somebody who reinvents himself according to context.’
      • ‘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 learnt that the secret is to keep reinventing yourself.’
      • ‘I've maintained all along, the monarchy will continue because it readjusts, and reinvents itself.’
      • ‘He reinvents himself after committing horrific atrocities and seems to constantly try to keep the past at bay.’
      • ‘But one of the most remarkable things about Dylan is the way he reinvents himself.’
      • ‘As she reinvents herself as a writer, she tells of how she nearly sacrificed her family life for a few laughs’
      • ‘Figo, nominally a right-sided midfielder, reinvents himself as a striker, ballwinner or even full-back…’
      • ‘Constantly changing, radically reinventing himself, Wittman is forever in a state of flux.’
      • ‘It constantly reinvents itself, remaining classic but fresh.’
      • ‘He escapes, reinvents himself as a count and starts to exact cold, calculated revenge.’

Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘It is no longer viable to reinvent the wheel, create stovepipes or work apart from other agencies and jurisdictions.’
      • ‘We can create applications that service all our Web sites rather than reinvent the wheel for each one.’
      • ‘It forces companies to reinvent the wheel, or spend time and money solving problems already solved in the past.’
      • ‘Will others squander valuable time reinventing the wheel because existing data never saw the light of day?’
      • ‘‘We don't try to reinvent the wheel and create new online resources,’ says Jacka.’
      • ‘Not to do that would be to waste a lot of time and money reinventing the wheel.’
      • ‘I'm a great believer in finding out what works well and then doing more of it, because we can otherwise waste a lot of time reinventing the wheel.’
      • ‘Developers can create amazing things but must reinvent the wheel for each project.’
      • ‘I have dedicated myself to learning from other people's experiences so that I do not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel.’
      • ‘Karlsson argues that at the moment most developers create routine products by themselves, perpetually reinventing the wheel.’

Pronunciation

reinvent

/riːɪnˈvɛnt/