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 Don't reuse sauce on cooked food used to marinate raw meat or poultry. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2022 Is there a way to reuse your products or source them ethically? Shane Barker, Forbes, 7 June 2022 And of course, all this assumes that Wordle doesn't reuse words. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 Jan. 2022 Around the world, technological innovations to capture, store, reuse, or replace carbon pollution are on the rise. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2021 That occurs when hackers mine previous data breaches to identify information that can be used to compromise individual accounts any time people reuse username and password combinations across multiple services. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 The city has a plan to slow demolitions and instead take buildings apart, piece by piece, and reuse their furnishings. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Sep. 2022 It’s the fact that some people reuse the same password for multiple online accounts. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Aug. 2022 But perhaps their wildest adaptation of all is the ability to quite literally swallow, digest, and reuse stinging cells from prey. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Manufacturing facilities go through large quantities of potable water, and a biological cleaning system like this one could allow reuse instead of letting that water drain away. Gary Hartley, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2022 In addition to the reuse initiative, Disney is donating $25,000 to TreePeople, a nonprofit that helps plant and care for trees in the mountains and urban areas throughout Southern California. People Staff, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Turn systems use software that allows customers to calculate their reuse impact, seeing the difference that simply using a non-disposable cup can make. Jem Aswad, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 Casey's historic moonshining past is shown in aged black and white pictures of stills in remote, hard-to-reach locations and revenuers chopping up stills with axes to prevent reuse., 6 Sep. 2022 Expansion of the city’s downtown adaptive reuse ordinance to the entire city would produce 500 new units by converting commercial buildings to housing, Bass said. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 The industry trend appears to be irrevocably headed toward reuse. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2022 Other possible projects federal dollars could fund include the installation of a regionwide water reuse system and the construction of a dam in Warner Valley between Washington City and Hurricane to store secondary water. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 Here are four more infrastructure reuse projects that have completely reshaped U.S. cities in recent years. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2022 See More

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1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of reuse

: to use again

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