re·​pro·​cess | \(ˌ)rē-ˈprä-ˌses, -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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The United Arab Emirates has renounced enrichment and reprocessing in a bilateral agreement with the United States, though Saudi Arabia has not. Dinshaw Mistry, Washington Post, "Trump doesn’t like the Iran deal’s sunset provisions. Here’s how to fix that.," 25 Apr. 2018 Bolton added that North Korea would have to get rid of its uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing facilities, reveal their weapons sites and allow open inspections. Washington Post, "Trump: US hasn’t been notified about threat to cancel summit," 16 May 2018 Plutonium can be acquired from reprocessing spent fuel from conventional nuclear power plants, or reactors can be designed specifically to produce plutonium for use in weapons. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Plutonium Warnings Lawmakers and nonproliferation experts warn that without strict prohibitions, a deal to supply Saudi Arabia with nuclear power plants could allow spent fuel to be reprocessed into weapons-grade plutonium. Jennifer A Dlouhy,, "Saudis Enlist Washington Lobbyists in Bid for Nuclear Plants," 9 Mar. 2018 After hearing from a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, both hospital and insurance representatives say the Zangas shouldn’t have been billed for an out-of-network provider and plan to reprocess the claim. Sarah Gantz,, "A night of pain sent them to the ER. A surprise bill from the doctor added to the misery," 1 May 2018 The 1994 accord blocked the North from reprocessing plutonium from its reactor at Yongbyon. Mark Landler And David E. Sanger, New York Times, "On North Korea, Trump Finds Himself in Same Position as His Predecessors," 6 Mar. 2018 The meeting comes as the Arab powerhouse explores a civilian nuclear energy program, possibly without restrictions on uranium enrichment and reprocessing that would be required under a U.S. cooperation deal. Washington Post, "US-Saudi atomic energy agreement complicated by Iran deal," 27 Feb. 2018 Over a stretch of days in July, Boado, posing as a Devumi employee, emailed hundreds of Devumi customers to inform them that their orders needed to be reprocessed on DevumiBoost. Anchorage Daily News, "The follower factory: Inside social media’s black market," 27 Jan. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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