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.
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