re·​use | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈyüz How to pronounce reuse (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reuse (audio) \

Definition of reuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: further, different, or repeated use

Examples of reuse in a Sentence


I can reuse that container.

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Gardner procured his team’s kernels, which are reused every year, from a feed mill down the street. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Pageantry of Anti-Trumpism at the Iowa State Fair," 14 Aug. 2019 Other, clearer recordings were likely reused or erased at NASA in the early 1980s. Time, "A NASA Intern Bought Apollo 11 Videotapes for $218. Now They're Going to Auction for Millions," 15 July 2019 Graywater is water reused from bathroom sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines but not water from toilets, kitchen sinks, dishwashers or from washing dirty diapers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tanks, swales put rainwater to eco-friendly use," 11 July 2019 Unlike other trees and branches that can be made into chips for public use, Neargarder said the ash trees cannot be chipped and reused. Mary Mcintyre, Lake County News-Sun, "After beetle wiped out 20% of parkway trees in Winthrop Harbor, federal grant will help restock the village," 14 June 2019 For example, peanuts are commonly sold in old wine bottles and plastic water bottles are reused to sell palm oil and other liquids. Shayera Dark, Quartz Africa, "The Lagos entrepreneurs championing recycling as a way of life," 7 June 2019 Some birds are still nesting in late summer, so the nests in your eaves might be reused by the original builder, or usurped by another bird. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "When are Bay Area birds really done with their nests?," 29 July 2019 Then, take inventory of what clothes still fit and what supplies can be reused. Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Back-to-School Checklist," 29 July 2019 The tank water, gotten mostly from deep wells, is filtered as in an aquarium and can be constantly reused. Anchorage Daily News, "Local fishery taxes will continue to be split 50-50 between towns and state for now," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the meantime, check out some of the best adaptive reuse projects that have breathed new life into old buildings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "State Farm’s Art Deco former headquarters at risk of demolition," 14 Aug. 2019 All three have seen other old buildings that have not been looked after or been put through reuse projects that left them in need of additional rehab. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Plans to redevelop Denver’s historic Evans School no longer just academic, potential buyers say," 7 Aug. 2019 PNC Financial Services Group has closed on $15 million in funding toward an adaptive reuse project at the former Stonewall Building as part of the city’s federal Opportunity Zone Program. William Thornton |, al, "Work begins on $24 million Stonewall Building project," 5 Aug. 2019 Hopefully much of the debris is being chipped or ground into mulch for reuse in landscaping and gardening. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Why did we lose so many trees during recent storms? Tree and soil health could be a reason," 25 June 2019 There are grates everywhere to recapture the water for reuse or to be treated and returned to the ground. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Koch Brothers' Industrial Empire," 9 Oct. 2015 At the heart of the increased optimism was reuse of the Alcoa property. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Disposable, it was also designed to do it just once, with the pilot parachuting to Earth and parts of the aircraft recovered for reuse later. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Meet 'The Natter,' Nazi Germany's Wooden Rocket Plane," 19 June 2019 There is the possibility of reuse of the facility as a freestanding emergency department and outpatient services center, officials said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Blue Island hospital operator says facility faces closure if no buyer is found," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce reuse (audio) \
reused; reusing

Kids Definition of reuse

: to use again

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