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

Candidates for agriculture commissioner are putting forward a variety of ideas, from continuing to educate residents on the need to conserve water and more use of recycled or reclaimed water and limiting rural development. Jim Turner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Agriculture commissioner candidates weigh in on water issues," 12 June 2018 United Airlines has made several environmentally-friendly initiatives, recycling 13 million pounds of plastic, paper, aluminum and other materials in 2016. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The travel industry goes green: Plastic straws are no longer welcome," 31 May 2018 SW Ice at Discovery Green Seasonal rink at downtown's Discovery Green uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716-square-foot ice-skating surface. Houston Chronicle, "Here's where to go roller or ice skating in Houston," 10 May 2018 As Linda Poon reports for CityLab, one million plastic bottles are produced each minute, and most of it—about 90 percent—ends up in landfills, oceans and parks rather than getting recycled. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "This “Mutant Enzyme” Breaks Down Plastic," 26 Apr. 2018 As for recycling, Stimpson said that efforts to improve the city's process had brought a 28 percent increase to 1,530 tons of material recycled per year. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Stimpson: Law change could help cities fight litterbugs," 24 Apr. 2018 Aurora offered free electronics recycling up until December 2015. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora to vote on electronics recycling agreement," 21 Apr. 2018 In the South Luangwa in Zambia, Time + Tide’s Mchenja and Chinzombo camps use renewable energy from solar panels, a rainwater filtration system, and were built using renewable materials like grass, thatch, and recycled composite. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "7 Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable," 19 Apr. 2018 Calum Chambers attempted an overhead kick after the ball was recycled from a corner, but it was easily saved by Southampton Keeper Alex McCarthy. SI.com, "Arsenal 3-2 Southampton: Danny Welbeck Turns on the Style to Snatch Win for the Gunners," 8 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using their iPads, the students had to decide which items — a banana peel, or plastic bottle or a milk carton, as examples — could be disposed in a landfill, in the recycle or in a compost bin. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "'They were the rock stars': River Forest teens honored for boosting students' waste disposal practices," 10 July 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 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

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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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