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 The protection should be removed and reprocessed if difficult to see through. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Wondering how to reuse PPE? Here's what the CDC says," 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,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 11-12," 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, "Wondering how to reuse PPE? Here's what the CDC says," 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, "Daily on Energy: Trump administration gives a little in acknowledging climate change," 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, "As plastic bag bans go into effect, some question the unintended consequences," 23 Feb. 2020 Labour is promising three gigafactories, plus four metal reprocessing plants that would also serve the electric-car industry. David Meyer, Fortune, "The U.K. Election Means Big Change for Business—No Matter Who Wins," 10 Dec. 2019 Aetna told us it will reprocess Neill's claim and reimburse her for any out-of-pocket costs. CBS News, ""I was being penalized for having breast cancer": Survivor fights with insurance over follow-up tests," 4 Dec. 2019 Johnson said a uranium mill in Blanding, Utah, run by Energy Fuels, takes spent uranium from local hospitals and reprocesses it for further use. Debra Krol, azcentral, "House to vote on permanently banning uranium mines near the Grand Canyon," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of reprocess

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Reprocess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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