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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Restyle and reuse this lightweight leave-in lotion to freshen up curls and keep them hydrated. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "The 14 Best Curly Hair Products of 2018," 13 Sep. 2018 Why this matters: Eliminating the need to use passwords eliminates the temptation to get lazy and reuse weak passwords—a huge boon in these breach-tastic days. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Now you can sign into your Microsoft Account with your face or a security key—no password needed," 20 Nov. 2018 SpaceX reuses its empty boosters, landing them on pads back on solid Earth or on floating barges and then recycling them for future launches. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Is Such a Big Deal for Elon Musk," 6 Feb. 2018 The service will allow IKEA customers to lease furniture for a certain period of time, and once that leasing period is up, IKEA will re-furbish the items to be reused. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Service Is Like Rent The Runway For Furniture," 6 Feb. 2019 Leather was a valuable commodity at the time, and almost no one in the working class would have buried such an expensive pair of boots—not when they, or their material, could be reused. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval skeleton’s boots reveal harsh realities of life on the Thames," 6 Dec. 2018 The company re-flew one of its Block 5s last month — the first time this variant was reused. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch a communications satellite tonight," 9 Sep. 2018 But here’s the thing: Solid rocket boosters were reused all throughout the Shuttle era. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Fuel Rivalry Shaping the Future of Spaceflight," 10 Apr. 2018 These organizations have pledged to reuse, recycle, or compost 100% of their plastic packaging by 2025. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whitaker, the Southern California water district manager, said recycled water is already so prevalent that Californians shouldn't be grossed out, even by the notion of direct potable reuse. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Californians are embracing recycled drinking water, so why isn't Sacramento? | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 However, the new campaign included creative new elements as well as a seemingly deliberate reuse of old phishing tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), including using the same system to weaponize a Windows shortcut (LNK) file. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 Most projects so far, like this Venice complex, have been adaptive reuse. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Coliving scales up with larger buildings, and bigger ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 As of mid-2018, 38 states and Guam had passed laws for donation and reuse of medications from pharmacies, charitable clinics or hospitals. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Pills You Don’t Use?," 26 Sep. 2018 Canterbury Cathedral’s monastic community was disbanded during the Reformation and most of volumes in its library were either dispersed, destroyed, or taken apart for reuse. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare medieval bible that 'bears witness' to Christian history re-discovered," 6 Aug. 2018 Once there is no activity, remove and discard the nest to prevent reuse. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 Call it motel revivalism: cashing in on inexpensive property, employing adaptive reuse, and playing to the country’s obsession with updated midcentury design. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 At Thursday’s meeting, Cahill will present some of the city’s objectives in evaluating those alternative reuse opportunities. John Laidler,, "Beverly will host meeting on future of Briscoe Middle School," 20 June 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 How to pronounce reuse (audio) \
reused; reusing

Kids Definition of reuse

: to use again

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