reinvent(redirected from reinvent the wheel)
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tr.v. re·in·vent·ed, re·in·vent·ing, re·in·ventsIdioms:
1. To make over completely: "She reinvented Indian cooking to fit a Western kitchen and a Western larder" (Irene Sax).
2. To bring back into existence or use: reinvented the concept of neighborliness.
To take up a different career or a different way of life.
reinvent the wheel
To do or make something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort.
1. to replace (a product, etc) with an entirely new version
2. to duplicate (something that already exists) in what is therefore a wasted effort (esp in the phrase reinvent the wheel)
1. to invent again or anew, esp. an invention that already exists.
2. to remake as if from the very beginning: to reinvent government.
Past participle: reinvented
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|Verb||1.||reinvent - bring back into existence; "The candidate reinvented the concept of national health care so that he would get elected"|
create - bring into existence; "The company was created 25 years ago"; "He created a new movement in painting"
|2.||reinvent - create anew and make over; "He reinvented African music for American listeners"|
recreate - create anew; "she recreated the feeling of the 1920's with her stage setting"