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re·​use (ˌ)rē-ˈyüz How to pronounce reuse (audio)
reused; reusing; reuses

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


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re·​use (ˌ)rē-ˈyüs How to pronounce reuse (audio)
: further, different, or repeated use

Examples of reuse in a Sentence

Verb I can reuse that container.
Recent Examples on the Web
Choose a plastic, disposable tongue scraper if the thought of reusing a tongue scraper grosses you out. Daley Quinn, Verywell Health, 1 Apr. 2024 Invictus has submitted a development application to the City of Sydney to reuse the York Street building as a hotel and expects to start internal works in February 2024, subject to approval from the authorities, and complete the construction within 20 months. Gloria Haraito, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 While lithium-ion batteries can be difficult to recycle, researchers said that water batteries can be easily disassembled and reused. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 But few people reuse these bags in practice, and recycling centers in the state don’t typically accept them. Gerald Markowitz, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 The resort was fully renovated in 2019 and emphasizes reusing and recycling efforts as part of its eco-friendly mission. Cynthia J Drake, Southern Living, 19 Mar. 2024 When the nests are in wall cavities, as in your house, they can be left in place because the old nests aren’t reused and wasp nests don’t contain anything that’s likely to cause much of a stink. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 The Sunnyslope campus will be reused as a community animal clinic, Hansen said, but all shelter operations will move to the new campus. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2024 Plastic Grocery Bags: A ban on single-use bags that included an exemption for bags meant to be reused and recycled didn’t work as expected. Soumya Karlamangla, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024
The restoration part is new and definitely reflecting the rise of reuse. Nikki Baird, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Inflammation during and after an infection also directly affects the body’s ability to absorb iron or reuse iron from cells that store it. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 13 Mar. 2024 The potential loss of revenue from stamp-cleaning prompted the creation of patent methods that prevented their reuse. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 This type of adaptive reuse has received some backlash, stirring concerns over gentrification, displacement and the loss of affordable housing. Arielle Paul, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 One of the oldest theater buildings still standing in Detroit was demolished this week to make way for a future development, although its historic facade is being preserved for reuse. Detroit Free Press, 30 Jan. 2024 Apart from taking the guesswork out of getting dressed, sticky silicone bras are so easy to apply, clean, and reuse. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 7 Mar. 2024 While extremes swing from individual actions such as reuse and recycling to placing the responsibility entirely on the systems and manufacturers, Barnett said the best answer is somewhere in the middle. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Feb. 2024 And provides a tangible example of the circularity of recycling and reuse. Erik Matuszewski, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reuse was in 1843

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“Reuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to use again especially in a different way

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