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

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

Hudson explains that recycled plastic bottles were crushed and then turned into a fiber that became this top, as well as the jeans. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson Just Launched an Eco-Friendly Fashion Line," 4 Apr. 2019 Nespresso offers capsule recycling at more than 122,000 places around the world. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 While recycling helps mitigate some of that waste, gadget makers have begun experimenting with new materials that can make products more sustainable from the start. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 For Atlantic hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) recycles a list of names every six years – a process that is maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, the NHC explains. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "How hurricane names are 'retired' from use for future storms," 13 Sep. 2018 Some eyewear stores like LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Sears Optical will take old frames and recycle them on your behalf. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Places to Buy Glasses Online in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 New plants that suck carbon dioxide directly out of the air to recycle it or remove it from the atmosphere entirely came online this year. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 By using thermo-reactive fabrics, Celliant naturally traps body heat — promoting a temporary increase in blood flow — and safely recycles it back into your body to increase endurance and performance. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 15 May 2018 Mike Arcarola spoke on behalf of Equine Eco Green, a new company that seeks to address the manure issue by recycling it instead of dumping it. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington Equestrian Preserve forum seeks input from community," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vogueworld Kate Middleton Recycled One of Her Most Stunning Dresses for the Portrait Gala in London Even a Duchess knows how to execute a good recycle-and-reuse moment. Vogue, "Kate Middleton Recycled One of Her Most Stunning Dresses for the Portrait Gala in London," 13 Mar. 2019 Most of it gets turned into clothes and carpets since plastic loses some of its structural properties and becomes discolored with each recycle, diminishing the appeal to bottled-water makers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 2018 And why kind-of, sort-of recycle a look at a huge event like a wedding? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Has Worn Her Alexander McQueen Gown From Eugenie's Wedding Before," 13 Oct. 2018 Take a look through your recycle bin — bottle caps, jar lids and other plastic containers make great dashboard dials, buttons and knobs. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 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 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

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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 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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