re·pur·pose | \(ˌ)rē-ˈpər-pəs \
repurposed; repurposing; repurposes

Definition of repurpose 

transitive verb

: to give a new purpose or use to repurpose the company's website repurpose the archived material

Examples of repurpose in a Sentence

finding ways to repurpose old computer equipment

Recent Examples on the Web

Tivoli Terrace, a popular wedding and event venue next to Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts grounds, has been sold to new owners who plan to renovate the business and repurpose it as a restaurant. Bradley Zint,, "Tivoli Terrace event venue in Laguna Beach sold; it'll become a restaurant, new owners say," 25 May 2018 Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a testament to how cities can successfully repurpose historic space. Annie Zaleski,, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 To walk on it for just a few hours and not repurpose the product does not make sense, ethically. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Minimal Waste and a Recycled Red Carpet: Inside This Year’s CFDA Awards Dinner," 5 June 2018 Over the course of four episodes, Dale and Amy will excavate old, faulty plumbing, repurpose 100-year-old bricks to create a bathroom accent wall, and add a guest bedroom and two bathrooms to the two-story home. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Coming Out With A Home Renovation Show," 1 June 2018 Cindy Chao Seven years ago, a client came to Cindy Chao with an heirloom ruby necklace and asked the designer to repurpose the stones. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 To cover the overrun, City Light will delay some maintenance projects and repurpose $8.2 million in conservation incentives that no customers signed up for, Thomsen said. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "‘Alarm bell’ over City Light spending as Seattle council considers rate increases," 9 July 2018 The City Council has been searching for ways to repurpose the 91-year-old Tudor-style home since 2011, while the city was still leasing the space to the Evanston Arts Center. Kyra Senese,, "Children and other supporters rally against razing the Harley Clarke building: 'Save the people's mansion'," 12 June 2018 Once the baby transitions to the crib, repurpose it as a decorative corral for stuffed animals or blankets. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Nursery Decor Essentials," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of repurpose

1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of repurpose

: to change (something) so that it can be used for a different purpose

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to reject or criticize sharply

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