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verb re·cy·cle \(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl\

: 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

Full Definition of RECYCLE

transitive verb
:  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>
:  to adapt to a new use :  alter
:  to bring back :  reuse <recycles a number of good anecdotes — Larry McMurtry>
:  to make ready for reuse <a plan to recycle vacant tenements>
intransitive verb
:  to return to an earlier point in a countdown
:  to return to an original condition so that operation can begin again —used of an electronic device
re·cy·cla·bil·i·ty \-ˌsī-k(ə-)lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
re·cy·cla·ble \-ˈsī-k(ə-)lə-bəl\ adjective or noun
re·cy·cler \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of RECYCLE

  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.

First Known Use of RECYCLE


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Definition of RECYCLE

:  the process of recycling

First Known Use of RECYCLE


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RECYCLABLE Defined for Kids


verb re·cy·cle \ˌrē-ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of RECYCLE for Kids

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


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