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 decision by the state Fourth District Court of Appeal directs Chula Vista to rescind its denial of Caligrown’s three applications for storefront retail business licenses, and to reprocess them in compliance with the city’s cannabis ordinance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 Some clinical researchers believe that psychedelics, by provoking a dramatic shift in consciousness, can help people reprocess traumatic memories, arrive at new insights, and undergo profound and lasting changes in mood. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The goal of the new state law is to reprocess 75% of all green waste by 2025. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 But most Californians probably will be too busy or distracted to reprocess their own green waste. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 The goal of the new state law is to reprocess 75% of the green waste by 2025. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Without the letter, Ticketmaster will not reprocess your refund. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 The power plant is used to make nuclear fuel, and the radiochemical laboratory is used to reprocess the fuel rods from the plant into plutonium that can, theoretically, be used in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons. Joshua Berlinger, Will Ripley And Jake Kwon, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of reprocess

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Reprocess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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