repurpose

verb
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

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, Cincinnati.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 The best exit, by and away, was a crystal chain link dress cut loose, the way a woman might repurpose a man’s oversize tee. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Redemption Takes on Rock 'n' Roll at Its Parisian Couture Show," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of repurpose

1984, in the meaning defined above

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repurpose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of repurpose

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

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