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 Add a desk lamp for softer light, for example, and rather than using overhead lights, which can sometimes be too bright and draining, repurpose a table light from elsewhere in your home. Forbes, "A Fresh Start: Foster A Productive And Profitable Year With These Remote Work Updates," 1 Mar. 2021 But these drugs are not cure-alls and are not for everyone, and efforts to repurpose other drugs or discover new ones have not had much success. Carl Zimmer,, "How the search for COVID-19 treatments faltered while vaccines sped ahead," 30 Jan. 2021 But others see in the tectonic changes brought on by the pandemic a golden opportunity to repurpose old buildings, reconfigure economic geography and bring new residents and new businesses into urban markets that had become too expensive. Washington Post, "Five (somewhat) upbeat predictions for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Last year, the museum waived digital rights to roughly half of its collection through its Open Access program, which encourages viewers to download, share and repurpose the images. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Free offerings on Cleveland Museum of Art website brighten a winter darkened by coronavirus pandemic," 25 Dec. 2020 Republicans above all need to repurpose the unused funds from the Treasury backstop for the Federal Reserve’s 13(3) pandemic lending facilities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Paying for More Covid Relief," 7 Dec. 2020 Here are some useful ways to repurpose these relics from your nine-to-five days. Kathryn Kvas, The New Yorker, "New Uses for Forgotten Office Items," 30 Nov. 2020 The museum staff was able to pivot and repurpose existing educational programs for schools into interactive virtual learning platforms, Tamayo-Calabrese said. Suzanne Baker,, "Naper Settlement planning slew of new events for next year to lure back visitors post-pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 Bistro Tile Bath Collection $54.00 Reassess and repurpose underused furniture or space... Emily Ruane,, "Easy DIY Hacks One Brooklyn Couple Used To Personalize Their Apartment," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of repurpose

1984, in the meaning defined above

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4 Mar 2021

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“Repurpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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