recycle

verb
re·cy·cle | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl \
recycled; recycling; recycles

Definition of recycle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: such as

a : to process (something, such as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use

b : recover sense 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

2 : to adapt to a new use : alter

3 : to bring back : reuse recycles a number of good anecdotes —Larry McMurtry

4 : to make ready for reuse a plan to recycle vacant tenements

5 : to reuse (money) by investing especially in an area or enterprise that will allow the investment to return as new profits recycle petrodollars

intransitive verb

1 : to return to an earlier point in a countdown

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

3 : to process materials or substances (such as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use As a rule, Welch does not recycle. Its roadsides are littered with paper bags from the town's half-dozen fast-food outlets.

recycle

noun

Definition of recycle (Entry 2 of 2)

: the process of recycling

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Other words from recycle

Verb

recyclability \ri-ˌsī-k(ə-)lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
recyclable \ri-ˈsī-k(ə-)lə-bəl \ adjective or noun
recycler \ri-ˈsī-k(ə-)lər \ noun

Synonyms for recycle

Synonyms: Verb

reclaim, recover

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Examples of recycle in a Sentence

Verb

They're studying various ways to recycle garbage into fuel. The doormat is made from recycled tires. Town residents are required to recycle cans and bottles. We make efforts to recycle. The author recycles a familiar story in her latest novel.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In recent years, trends seem to be recycling from earlier decades, when some of us were in our teenage years. Nazanin Saedi, Philly.com, "The real reasons we get adult acne and how to treat it," 11 July 2018 Recycling in Indianapolis will see big changes in the coming months that could leave even fewer people recycling and more plastics, papers and glass headed to landfills. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Recycling rates to double for many Indianapolis Republic Services customers to $100 per year," 29 June 2018 Russia's smallest World Cup city, Saransk, leads the country in environmentally friendly trash disposal, with garbage being separated and recycled by a German company. Fox News, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment," 12 June 2018 And still others assembled hygiene kits at Clean the World, the Orlando nonprofit that purifies and recycles soap for distribution around the globe. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "For many, Pulse 2-year mark means acts of love and kindness," 12 June 2018 Its rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces needed to be honestly priced but also ethically-sourced; AUrate’s gold is recycled. refinery29.com, "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 Of that, 2,000 gallons were recycled with Atlanta Paint Disposal. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Duluth declares clean-up day success," 11 July 2018 Hot gases from the melting chamber exited through the tubes, mixed with external air, and were recycled back inside the chamber. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 In addition to the cake, Prince Louis’s christening gown was also recycled. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Here's Why Kate and William Served Their 7-Year-Old Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash, recycle and bulky collections during the week of May 28 to June 2 will be one day late after the Monday holiday. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 21 May 2018 There are lots of things people can do to live a greener lifestyle: switch to compact florescent light bulbs; trade up to an electric car; cut down on plastic garbage and recycle as much as possible. Grant Butler, OregonLive.com, "Earth Day is a perfect time to look at food choices and how they affect the planet," 16 Apr. 2018 The next month, the inspector general’s office seized the worker’s computer and conducted a forensic analysis of more than 1 million image files on the hard drive found in desktop folders, the recycle bin and emails, the report said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "CTA manager resigns after nude photos found on his computer," 24 May 2018 Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash, recycle and bulky collections during the week of May 28 to June 2 will be one day late after the Monday holiday. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 21 May 2018 Other cities have tried reuse-and-recycle strategies, though on a limited basis and with varying outcomes. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Lessons from LA’s 1984 Summer Olympics," 17 May 2018 Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash, recycle and bulky collections during the week of May 28 to June 2 will be one day late after the Monday holiday. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 May 2018 Here are a few of the club’s backyard suggestions that can honor the ideals of Earth Day: Remember the power of the four R’s — reduce, recycle, reuse and re-buy. Aileen Simons, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Many ways for northwest suburban residents to honor Earth Day," 4 Apr. 2018 In observance of Good Friday, there will be no trash, recycle and yard waste collection on Friday, March 30, in the city of West University Place. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "No trash, recycle or yard waste collection on Friday in West University Place," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of recycle

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined above

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recycle

verb

English Language Learners 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

recycle

verb
re·cy·cle | \ ˌrē-ˈsī-kəl \
recycled; recycling

Kids Definition of recycle

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

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