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

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For black women, flattery is simply not enough of a reason to permit white and other non-black people to repurpose, misrepresent, and profit from our culture. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Some White Influencers Are Being Accused of "Blackfishing," or Using Makeup to Appear Black," 16 Nov. 2018 These trucks, known as gliders, repurpose old engines in new truck bodies to bypass pollution rules. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The EPA just undid Scott Pruitt’s final act in office," 27 July 2018 Additionally, Chip reveals his hopes to repurpose the towering grain silos, so they are used in a more positive fashion. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "All The Details About Magnolia's New Headquarters," 15 Oct. 2018 The engineers decided to repurpose a liquid oxygen transfer tube from one of SpaceX’s rockets as a child-sized submarine, eventually simulating a cave rescue with divers in a pool in Los Angeles. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 Plans are also in the works to repurpose the old Matzke Elementary building. Lindsay Peyton, Houston Chronicle, "Summer means construction for Cy-Fair ISD," 25 May 2018 Sea Bags employees work with sail lofts, yacht clubs, and directly with sailors to repurpose their castoffs. Kara Baskin,, "Need a new tote? Run this one up the flagpole.," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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