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

Verb I can reuse that container.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It's all housed in a former medical billing office with cubicles that artists have transformed into individual immersive art pieces that reuse what many people throw away. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "A southeast-side venue just added a new outdoor art park and stage for concerts," 6 Aug. 2020 Here are some of the uses our editors and Test Kitchen specialists found to reuse an empty jam jar. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Ways to Repurpose Jam Jars Before You Recycle Them," 5 Aug. 2020 And SpaceX plans to reuse this particular capsule for an operational mission early in 2021. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Dragonship Endeavour is flying free, on its way back to Earth," 1 Aug. 2020 As part of the plan, Midlothian is seeking proposals to reuse its current central fire station when a new in the works is complete. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Fast-growing Midlothian lays plans for its old downtown," 24 July 2020 In addition, 79 percent of respondents said they were required or encouraged to wear personal protective equipment for longer periods of time or reuse it, according to the study conducted between May 15 and 31. Washington Post, "With protective equipment shortages lingering, health facilities turn to mask-cleaning system," 6 July 2020 According to a survey of National Nurses United members from June, 87 percent said that they had been forced to reuse their N95 masks while treating COVID-19 patients. Julie Mazziotta,, "Health Care Workers Treating Coronavirus Are Running Out of Medical Masks and Gloves — Again," 9 July 2020 Doctors at Memorial City Medical Center in Houston who treat COVID-19 patients have been told to reuse single-use N95 respirator masks for up to 15 days before throwing them out. Andrew Jacobs,, "Grave shortages of protective gear flare again as COVID cases surge," 9 July 2020 Among the many companies and research groups that reached out to Tsai was N95DECON — a collaborative group of volunteer scientists, engineers and clinicians from around the country focused on N95 decontamination and reuse. Washington Post, "The inventor of N95 masks had retired. But he now works 20 hours a day, mos...," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If password reuse was how the attackers got in, those moderators' other accounts may be vulnerable, as well. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers," 7 Aug. 2020 Aside from recycling and reuse, the organization also strives to shrink the digital divide and create a technologically sophisticated workforce in Northeast Ohio. cleveland, "Recycle computers and related electronics this August," 31 July 2020 However, a contract modification signed in May allowed SpaceX to introduce reuse much more quickly. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "More quickly than anyone expected, NASA embraces reuse for human flights," 31 July 2020 By 2016, Hilmerson was planning to replace her consulting business, for the most part, with a construction-products business built around safety and reuse. Star Tribune, "Hilmerson, a Minnesota safety innovator, invents a better way to protect construction sites," 28 July 2020 The launch broke the company's rocket reuse record. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch SpaceX Successfully Catch Payload Fairings Falling from Space," 22 July 2020 The result of the supply and equipment shortage here has been widespread reuse of items meant to be single-use. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Colorado has received millions of masks and gloves to protect health care workers, Polis says," 6 May 2020 If uncaptured by reuse or recycling streams, a significant amount degrades into small bits called microplastics, which are smaller than five millimeters and can be as small as a virus. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Its rockets cost half as much as its rivals’ do, thanks in part to their ability to land their first stages for reuse rather than dumping them in the sea in line with standard industry practice. The Economist, "Schumpeter Elon, Masa and Boris in low-Earth orbit," 11 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reuse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reuse


1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reuse

Time Traveler for reuse

Time Traveler

The first known use of reuse was in 1843

See more words from the same year

Statistics for reuse

Last Updated

12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reuse


How to pronounce reuse (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on reuse

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reuse

Spanish Central: Translation of reuse

Nglish: Translation of reuse for Spanish Speakers

Comments on reuse

What made you want to look up reuse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!