re·​pro·​cess | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈprä-ˌses How to pronounce reprocess (audio) , -ˈprō-, -səs \
reprocessed; reprocessing; reprocesses

Definition of reprocess

transitive verb

: to subject to a special process or treatment in preparation for reuse especially : to extract uranium and plutonium from (the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor) for use again as fuel

Examples of reprocess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Greaves and her team have declined to comment on the new analyses of the ALMA observations until the observatory has had a chance to reprocess the data. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 23 Oct. 2020 The court order directs the IRS to automatically reprocess stimulus claims by Oct. 24. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2020 Utah claimed this cost the state a House seat and asked courts to order the bureau to reprocess the Census data. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2020 The protection should be removed and reprocessed if difficult to see through. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, 14 Apr. 2020 Each of the 9,930 systems can reprocess about 480 respirators — key equipment for health care workers battling the coronavirus — per day, the FDA said. Chronicle Staff,, 24 Apr. 2020 Proper instructions for reprocessing eye protection include wiping the inside while wearing gloves, followed by wiping the outside using a clean cloth with detergent solution or a cleaner wipe. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, 14 Apr. 2020 But nuclear experts say reprocessing faces economic and nonproliferation concerns and does not prevent the production of nuclear waste. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 24 Feb. 2020 While many plastic bags are recyclable and large retailers in some areas are required to accept them for reprocessing, many wind up tangled in trees and littering streets. Isabelle Philippe, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of reprocess

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Reprocess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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