re·​use | \(ˌ)rē-ˈyüz \
reused; reusing; reuses

Definition of reuse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to use again especially in a different way or after reclaiming or reprocessing the need to reuse scarce resources reuse packing material as insulation


re·​use | \(ˌ)rē-ˈyüs \

Definition of reuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: further, different, or repeated use

Examples of reuse in a Sentence


I can reuse that container.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both are going for a big first stage with multiple, liquid-fueled rocket engines that can be reused. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 These include thousands of weakened and damaged poles and power lines that were reused in the absence of new supplies. Michael Weissenstein And Danica Coto, Fox News, "Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid," 19 July 2018 Steel from leftover ships and tanks was melted down in enormous furnaces to be reused in bridges and beer cans. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The extent of the damage inside the sprawling Punggye-ri facility is unknown, so there’s a possibility the test site could be reused. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s exaggerated claims about the North Korea deal," 2 July 2018 All the water used would be captured and reused storm water. Carol Motsinger,, "Cincinnati Zoo just got a $50 million gift. But it's just the beginning of a big plan," 7 June 2018 Start with the now-familiar advice to avoid reusing the same password across important accounts such as e-mail, banking, and social media. Frank Bajak,, "Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords," 25 Apr. 2018 Quincey defended Coca-Cola's recycling goals, saying on a call with reporters that recycling and reusing plastics for bottles will reduce waste. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "Seeing global 'packaging problem' Coke vows to cut waste," 19 Jan. 2018 It was built with local materials, and 82 percent of construction waste was recycled or reused. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "This new Downtown apartment building is almost done, renting small and costly units," 14 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Canterbury Cathedral’s monastic community was disbanded during the Reformation and most of volumes in its library were either dispersed, destroyed, or taken apart for reuse. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare medieval bible that 'bears witness' to Christian history re-discovered," 6 Aug. 2018 Once there is no activity, remove and discard the nest to prevent reuse. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 Call it motel revivalism: cashing in on inexpensive property, employing adaptive reuse, and playing to the country’s obsession with updated midcentury design. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 At Thursday’s meeting, Cahill will present some of the city’s objectives in evaluating those alternative reuse opportunities. John Laidler,, "Beverly will host meeting on future of Briscoe Middle School," 20 June 2018 If any waste is developed, it is diverted from the landfill by reuse. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area eco-fashion 101: Who, what and wear," 18 Apr. 2018 By 2015, that reuse rate had fallen to 1.8, according to Manmohan Singh at the International Monetary Fund. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Why Banks Will Cheer CME Snapping Up NEX," 29 Mar. 2018 One major part of that reuse is landing the rocket’s first stage back on Earth, which SpaceX pulled off without a hitch after yesterday’s launch. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "SpaceX Successfully Lands the Latest, Greatest Version of the Falcon 9 Rocket," 12 May 2018 Slashing the cost of space travel depends on reuse of the hardware. Randall Stross, WSJ, "Stargazers See a Business Plan," 15 Apr. 2018

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1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reuse

: to use (something) again


re·​use | \rē-ˈyüz \
reused; reusing

Kids Definition of reuse

: to use again

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