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recycle

verb re·cy·cle \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl \
Updated on: 25 May 2018

Definition of recycle

recycled; recycling; recycles
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 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
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.

recyclability

play \ri-ˌsī-k(ə-)lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

recyclable

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

recycler

play \ri-ˈsī-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.

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First Known Use of recycle

1925

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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recycle Synonyms

Synonyms

reclaim, recover;

Related Words

reuse;

process, reprocess;


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recycle

noun

Definition of recycle

: the process of recycling

Recent Examples of recycle from the Web

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First Known Use of recycle

1926

in the meaning defined above

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RECYCLE Defined for English Language Learners

recycle

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

verb re·cy·cle \ ˌrē-ˈsī-kəl \

Definition of recycle for Students

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


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