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.

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Sculley and Councilman Roberto Treviño, the other city representative on the committee, serving with officials of the Land Office and nonprofit Alamo Endowment, also have asked for detailed plans for reusing those buildings as a museum complex. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 All four packs are made entirely from recycled materials, which involved reusing 8.5 plastic bottles per bag. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Patagonia's New Packs: Inspired by the Classics But Built for the Future," 10 July 2018 Other companies are looking toward reducing and reusing in their packaging. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "LimeLoop Makes Packaging Reusable," 3 July 2018 The Frick’s music room will become a special exhibitions gallery, immediately adjacent to the permanent galleries and within the original square footprint, reusing the existing doorways with original wood trim and wood floors. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "Frick’s Expansion Is Approved by Landmarks Preservation Board," 26 June 2018 Collard greens are deeply flavored, owing partly to the age-old technique of reusing the potlikker from the last batch in the next one. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Fried Chicken Tasting Tour of Atlanta," 23 May 2018 This is critical, because each of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets that have been used to date (there have been 11 of them) have been reused just a single time. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After “crazy hard” development, SpaceX’s Block 5 rocket has taken flight," 11 May 2018 The rocket, known as the Block 5, is expected to be the company’s most durable, capable of being reused 10 or more times. Mark Skoneki,, "SpaceX will try again today for rocket launch," 11 May 2018 As with any stir-fry recipe that isn’t a shameless vehicle for reusing leftovers, there is a bit of prep work involved. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "This Veggie-Packed Steak Stir-Fry Recipe Keeps Weeknights Crispy," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 After an initial round of criticism, River Garden was recognized as a model of adaptive reuse. Contributing Writer,, "He's spent his career building a new New Orleans, one neighborhood at a time," 30 Mar. 2018 For decades, Denver’s first historic district has been a vital commercial area and a national model for the potential of adaptive reuse and historic preservation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "National Trust’s List of 11 Most Endangered Places includes Route 66, Mount Vernon," 26 June 2018 Also, keep multiple dish towels handy to avoid too much reuse. Brett Molina, ajc, "Your kitchen towels could give you food poisoning, study suggests," 11 June 2018 In Sunrise, the recyclables are going to a south Broward County waste-to-energy incineration plant instead of being sorted and prepared for eventual reuse. Larry Barszewski,, "Two South Florida cities turn their recyclables into trash," 3 July 2018 Requiring the constant reuse of food ware means requiring employees to spend more time every day washing and cleaning those reusable items. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley may slap charge on disposable food containers," 25 Apr. 2018 While there were some suggestions for adaptive reuse of the house — as a ticket booth, for instance — nothing happened. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Unique house on the grounds of San Antonio’s Alamodome hosts timely art installation," 12 May 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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