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 Stormwater systems are designed to channel water down grates as quickly as possible, not find ways to reuse them for, say, irrigation in your neighborhood. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2021 Last year, a separate study predicted that the world will have 710 million metric tons of plastic by 2040 -- and that's taking into account efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic products. Sara Spary, CNN, 2 July 2021 Obviously, the potential for taking CO2 out of the atmosphere expands dramatically if mankind can find scalable ways to reuse it in other ways. David Blackmon, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 After closure plans were leaked publicly last winter, Fairview leaders held discussions with community leaders about ways to reuse the Bethesda and St. Joseph’s campuses to address community needs. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, 5 Oct. 2020 Nearly 30 witnesses begged the city to save and reuse the building instead in the lengthy hearing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2021 How to Dispose of Paint Method #4: Mix and reuse latex paints. Dan Shapley, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2021 Many cosmetics companies are looking to reduce, recycle, and reuse by rethinking every step of the supply chain for circularity. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 28 June 2021 While the largest brands more commonly come under attack via phishing, some fraudsters target smaller companies, and all rely on the fact that people reuse passwords regularly — despite all the advice to the contrary. Itay Levy, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2019, Orchestra Partners started work on Mercantile on Morris, an adaptive reuse project which includes a pedestrian plaza, residential condos, restaurants, and retailers. al, 22 July 2021 To help facilitate the adaptive reuse project, Lakewood is offering Oster Services a $175,000 economic development incentive. John Benson, cleveland, 21 July 2021 This seven-member board advocates for local bylaws to encourage the preservation and reuse of public and private historic assets, according to a statement posted on the town website., 20 July 2021 That seemed to be a message of the Fall 2021 haute couture collections, which featured lots of vintage denim and other fabric reuse. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 July 2021 The design element isn't made for long-term reuse or bulk. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 28 June 2021 Space Force officials said the fourth, fifth and sixth GPS-3 satellites were covered by a single contract that eventually reflected a savings of $64.5 million thanks to first stage recovery and reuse. William Harwood, CBS News, 18 June 2021 While most of Marin’s development is composed of remodel or reuse of existing structures, Lai said most cities and counties typically won’t issue building permits if a water provider won’t supply water. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 Members pay $12 to $16 a month for biweekly pick-up of hard-to-recycle and reuse items, including batteries, plastic film, clothes and shoes and lightbulbs. oregonlive, 14 May 2021

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1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Reuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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