recycle

verb
re·​cy·​cle | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl How to pronounce recycle (audio) \
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
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 How to pronounce recyclability (audio) \ noun
recyclable \ ri-​ˈsī-​k(ə-​)lə-​bəl How to pronounce recyclable (audio) \ adjective or noun
recycler \ ri-​ˈsī-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce recycler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for recycle

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Ten years ago, as regional vice president for Gerdau Steel, Goodwald was responsible for a Texas steel-shredding operation that annually tore apart more than 14 million cars to recycle metal. Star Tribune, "How GEM-Ash recovers gold, other metals in Hennepin County's incinerated trash," 20 Sep. 2020 Weiss also stated a concern that, because the demand is so low, recyclables may not actually be recycled and that the city may be paying to recycle some items that will eventually be buried in a landfill. cleveland, "University Heights council debates whether it should spend $16,000 to continue city’s recycling program," 10 Sep. 2020 Rajkumar continues volunteering and teaches her 5-year-old son to recycle. Kirsi-marja Hayrinen-beschloss, The New Republic, "The Monsoon Season That Drowned Chennai, India," 8 Sep. 2020 Many local government websites include detailed instructions on how people should recycle items. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Japan finally announced a fee for plastic bags. Will that stop its obsession with plastic?," 29 July 2020 One notes his employer flies in on a Learjet but asks his domestic help to recycle paper plates. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Three regional books to keep you occupied while homebound during the coronavirus outbreak," 20 Mar. 2020 Those with air conditioning can sometimes recycle indoor air using a HEPA or MERV-13 (or higher rating) filter. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "How to breathe easier in America’s Smoke Belt," 9 Sep. 2020 The President can’t help but recycle his own lines. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Malign Fantasy of Donald Trump’s Convention," 28 Aug. 2020 Tips include what to recycle and how to prepare things for recycling. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis Club supports Meals on Wheels for 36 years ...community news page," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Annie Notthoff, a California water expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the state has already made progress on water efficiency, encouraging cities and counties to cut their water use and recycle wastewater. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters," 20 Sep. 2020 Reuse and recycle propane canisters though, and pack out the empties. Matt Jancer, Wired, "5 Fall Camping Deals for Your Cooler Outdoor Treks," 17 Sep. 2020 The free sessions feature experts sharing ideas to help preserve habitats, conserve resources, reduce, reuse, recycle and more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Sept. 3," 3 Sep. 2020 The free sessions feature experts sharing ideas to help preserve habitats, conserve resources, reduce, reuse, recycle and more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East County Happenings, Sept. 3," 3 Sep. 2020 The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is dedicated to helping area residents reduce, reuse and recycle, whether at home, in the workplace or in the community. cleveland, "Recycle computers and related electronics this August," 31 July 2020 Repurpose, recycle, sell or donate things that no longer serve you in order to clear your space. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Dig down for the energy and patience to take care of your obligations and duties. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 22, 2020: Happy birthday James Corden; Aquarius, be sensible with money," 22 Aug. 2020 The free sessions feature experts sharing ideas to help preserve habitats, conserve resources, reduce, reuse, recycle and more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East Happenings, Aug. 20," 20 Aug. 2020 TerraCycle, founded by Mr. Szaky in 2001, offers companies services such as programs for hard-to-recycle waste that would otherwise end up in landfill sites. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Retailers Design the In-Store Experience for Reusable Packaging," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of recycle was in 1925

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25 Sep 2020

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“Recycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recycle. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for recycle

recycle

verb
How to pronounce recycle (audio)

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 How to pronounce recycle (audio) \
recycled; recycling

Kids Definition of recycle

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

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