Meaning of “reinvent the wheel” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"reinvent the wheel" in British English

See all translations

reinvent the wheel

to waste time trying to create something that someone else has already created

(Definition of “reinvent the wheel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reinvent the wheel" in American English

See all translations

reinvent the wheel

to waste time learning how to do something when it is already known how to do it:

We don't need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to hire someone who already knows how to make the system work.

(Definition of “reinvent the wheel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)