re·​pur·​pose | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpər-pəs How to pronounce repurpose (audio) \
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 Without fear holding them back, these proto-pooches could repurpose their existing social skills to understand and communicate with us. Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 While disappointed our joint application with Carroll County government to repurpose the former U.S. Army Reserve Center on Malcolm Drive in Westminster was disallowed, we are resolved as veterans to accomplish the mission. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Christmas in the Valley opening with craft show, train garden, Lego Club, more," 5 Nov. 2019 In between the wacky antics, Orlando sets up opportunities for Michelle, the homeowner, to repurpose things her ex left behind. Ali Barthwell, Curbed, "I watched a full day of HGTV," 14 Aug. 2019 The Gaines' farm is actually one of many farms across the country which repurpose Christmas trees as goat food, according to the Associated Press. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "The Unique Way That Chip and Joanna Gaines Recycle Their Christmas Trees," 28 Dec. 2019 The proliferation of cheap technology means devices have never been easier to buy, but also harder to repurpose. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "The Most Important Attribute for Architects in the Modern Age," 10 Dec. 2019 Located near the community garden, the compost system allows gardeners to repurpose plant waste as new soil. Melissa Whatley,, "Kudos to Dulaney High’s Eagle Scout, Hall-of-Fame athletes," 29 Oct. 2019 Most companies with contracts were recruited by the Irish government to repurpose their properties into direct provision centers. Hannah Beckler, The New Republic, "“It’s a Prison”," 14 Oct. 2019 In return, the university was willing to provide $2.5 million as part of a project to repurpose Ladd-Peebles Stadium into a high school venue. John Sharp |, al, "Mobile taxpayers provide jolt to Ladd-Peebles Stadium ahead of USA Jaguars departure," 24 Sep. 2019

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Repurpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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