re·​us·​able | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce reusable (audio) \

Definition of reusable

: capable of being used again or repeatedly

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reusability \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌyü-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reusability (audio) \ noun

Examples of reusable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Metropak first shifted to making reusable bags after San Francisco passed the first plastic bag ban in 2007. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Richardson-based Metropak is making recyclable mailers for online shopping," 5 Feb. 2020 Customers can also bring in their own reusable bags. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Woodward Corner Market opens Wednesday: Here's a peek inside," 27 Jan. 2020 Simple things, such as walking instead of driving, paying more to eat local, and carrying groceries in a reusable bag. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A holiday treat from the Colorado Symphony; Lower the age limit for work; Buy, use, toss, repeat (12/25/19)," 27 Dec. 2019 The store features new luxury cookware, a $40 cold brew carafe, a $15 apple keeper and a $25 reusable straw. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Tupperware goes high-end with $25 straws and $15 apple savers," 4 Dec. 2019 With a reusable straw, punch a hanging hole near the top of each person’s head. Robin Mather,, "Make gratitude your holiday tradition with gingerbread people," 21 Nov. 2019 And sure, reusable straws and avoiding single-use plastics are good ideas — but our utility power and energy mix is one of the major factors that will ultimately make a dent in mitigating the damaging effects of climate change. CNN Underscored, "Arcadia Power is making renewable energy more accessible and affordable," 28 June 2019 There are many reusable straws on the market, so shop around. Rene Lynch,, "How skipping a plastic straw can help save the planet," 21 Apr. 2018 The socks are reusable and durable as long as they are not used on dry road surfaces and can last 300 to 400 miles when used correctly, Laug said. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Tire socks: What to know about the winter accessory for your car," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of reusable

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reusable was in 1943

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17 Feb 2020

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“Reusable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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