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recycle

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verb re·cy·cle \(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl\

Simple Definition of recycle

  • : to make something new from (something that has been used before)

  • : to send (used newspapers, bottles, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new

  • : to use (something) again

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recycle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: as a :  to process (as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use b :  recover 6 c :  to reuse or make (a substance) available for reuse for biological activities through natural processes of biochemical degradation or modification <green plants recycling the residue of forest fires> <recycle ADP back to ATP>

  3. 2 :  to adapt to a new use :  alter

  4. 3 :  to bring back :  reuse <recycles a number of good anecdotes — Larry McMurtry>

  5. 4 :  to make ready for reuse <a plan to recycle vacant tenements>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to return to an earlier point in a countdown

  8. 2 :  to return to an original condition so that operation can begin again —used of an electronic device

recyclability

play \-ˌsī-k(ə-)lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

recyclable

play \-ˈsī-k(ə-)lə-bəl\ adjective or noun

recycler

play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of recycle in a sentence

  1. They're studying various ways to recycle garbage into fuel.

  2. The doormat is made from recycled tires.

  3. Town residents are required to recycle cans and bottles.

  4. We make efforts to recycle.

  5. The author recycles a familiar story in her latest novel.



1925

First Known Use of recycle

1925


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recycle

noun re·cy·cle

Definition of recycle

  1. :  the process of recycling



1926

First Known Use of recycle

1926

Rhymes with recycle


RECYCLE Defined for Kids

recycle

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verb re·cy·cle \ˌrē-ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of recycle for Students

recycled

recycling

  1. :  to process (as paper, glass, or cans) in order to regain or reuse materials





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