renewable

adjective
re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl How to pronounce renewable (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of renewable

1 : capable of being renewed renewable contracts
2 : capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices renewable resources

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Other Words from renewable

renewability \ ri-​ˌnü-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce renewability (audio) , -​ˌnyü-​ \ noun
renewable noun
renewably \ ri-​ˈnü-​ə-​blē How to pronounce renewably (audio) , -​ˈnyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of renewable in a Sentence

a renewable life insurance policy Forests are renewable natural resources, but they must be treated with care. Wind and water are renewable fuel sources.
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Recent Examples on the Web Demand for nuclear and coal power sources has fallen against marketplace competition from ever-cheaper natural gas and renewable wind and solar. Washington Post, "Trump wants $1.5B over 10 years to revive US uranium mining," 14 Feb. 2020 Demand for nuclear and coal power sources has fallen against marketplace competition from ever-cheaper natural gas and renewable wind and solar. Brady Mccombs, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s $1.5b uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans," 14 Feb. 2020 The company has already tapped its prodigious cash flow from oil-and-gas operations to make substantial investments in renewable energy areas, including Lightsource BP, a leading developer of utility-scale solar projects. Steven Mufson, Anchorage Daily News, "BP says it is turning over a green new leaf by cutting carbon emissions," 12 Feb. 2020 Dragoon, an advocate for renewable hydrogen made with electrolyzers, would be happy to see a competitor like Proton Technologies. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "Company to harvest green hydrogen from underground oil fires," 6 Feb. 2020 In other business, the committee voted 4-2 to recommend approval of a renewable energy resolution. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville metro lawmakers give nod to some golf contracts, but pass on others," 5 Feb. 2020 Facebook will appoint the first three co-chairs, who will then recruit other members (for a total of 40, each serving a twice-renewable three-year term). The Economist, "Facebook unveils details of its content-oversight board," 30 Jan. 2020 That situation can arise when state renewable mandates drive installations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "US government sees renewables passing natural gas in 20 years," 30 Jan. 2020 The rest comes through a partnership with the local utility NRG, which sells the Eagles renewable energy credits linked to other solar or wind farms throughout the region. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "The Philadelphia Eagles are driving the NFL toward a greener future," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of renewable was in 1661

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18 Feb 2020

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“Renewable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renewable. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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renewable

adjective
How to pronounce renewable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of renewable

: able to be extended for another time period : able to be renewed
: restored or replaced by natural processes : able to be replaced by nature

renewable

adjective
re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl How to pronounce renewable (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of renewable

: capable of being replaced by natural processes Forests are a renewable resource.

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