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 In 2018, the historic building’s ownership was transferred from Howard County Public Schools to the county government, to repurpose the site as an educational and cultural center. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 30 May 2022 Apple can repurpose the extra space to increase the battery capacity. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 May 2022 Congress could also repurpose money that states and localities haven’t spent to replenish the restaurant fund or hospitals, but there’s no need to appropriate new funds. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 After decades of demolition, rebuilding and a more than 20-year legal battle, Israel’s highest court this month gave the military permission to permanently evict more than 1,000 Palestinians here and repurpose the land for an army firing range. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 22 May 2022 Contemporary artists like Martine Syms, Alexandra Bell, Ja’Tovia Gary and American Artist all work across mediums and disciplines to render, re-create, tear down, repurpose narratives in mainstream media and on social platforms. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Don't just recut and repurpose creative assets made for TikTok to use on YouTube. Ira Belsky, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Biden was also asking Congress on Thursday for new powers to seize and repurpose the assets of Russian oligarchs. Alan Fram, Time, 28 Apr. 2022 When in doubt, hit up a local flea market and repurpose some outdoor bistro chairs and a small cafe table. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of repurpose

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Repurpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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