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

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According to Steinhauser, the policy in France is to let spent fuel sit for four years before trying to reprocess it; in Russia, the policy is three years. Wired, "A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia," 15 Aug. 2019 According to Katrina Anderson, a trauma specialist and psychotherapist practicing in Manhattan, running can be a tool to reprocess trauma. Kate Mooney, Vox, "What it means when the women of Big Little Lies go running," 26 July 2019 But this year, when the team reprocessed the ALMA data using a slightly different method, the irregularities resolved into a dust ring. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Alien moon likely seen forming in first-of-its-kind picture," 12 July 2019 The site went on to become a centre for reprocessing nuclear fuel. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 20 June 2019 That report cites a series of delays and cost overruns at the agency, including a contentious project to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium and uranium into fuel for commercial reactors at a site in South Carolina. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Congress drops bid to loosen supervision of nuclear agency," 24 July 2018 Analysts say the Russians and Chinese will probably be less intent on restricting Saudi Arabia’s enrichment or reprocessing ambitions. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: House Democrat to introduce new bill punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi," 9 Nov. 2018 The reactor’s redesign is a key component of the deal that addressed concerns that Iran could reprocess spent fuel from the facility into nuclear weapons. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "U.S. Vows to Grant Few Waivers on Iran Sanctions," 22 Aug. 2018 The amount is enough to make 6,000 atomic bombs, but at Japan’s Rokkasho reprocessing plant denies any risk of proliferation, citing its safeguards and close monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Washington Post, "Japan nuclear agency urges measures to cut plutonium stocks," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of reprocess

1884, in the meaning defined above

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