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recycle

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verb re·cy·cle \(ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of recycle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: such asa :  to process (something, such as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human useb :  recover 6c :  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.

Recent Examples of recycle from the Web

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First Known Use of recycle

1925


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recycle

noun re·cy·cle

Definition of recycle

  1. :  the process of recycling

Recent Examples of recycle from the Web

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First Known Use of recycle

1926


RECYCLE Defined for English Language Learners

recycle

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verb

Definition of recycle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RECYCLE Defined for Kids

recycle

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verb re·cy·cle \ˌrē-ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of recycle for Students

recycled

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recycling

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



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