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 Better yet, forgo the wrapping paper altogether and use decorative boxes, tins and baskets that can be reused year after year. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Americans produce 25% more trash during the holidays. These tips might help.," 2 Dec. 2019 The deodorant lasts one month on average and the packaging can be reused an estimated 100 times. Charles Riley, CNN, "Unilever pledges to slash its use of new plastic by nearly 400,000 tons per year," 7 Oct. 2019 The party, held Thursday night at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, featured eco-friendly design elements and products that will be reused and recycled following the event to reduce carbon footprint, inspired by Audi’s sustainability efforts. Kate Hogan,, "Celebs Took the Prettiest Portraits at the Audi e-tron Pre-Emmy Celebration: See Them Here," 21 Sep. 2019 The company also hopes to reduce volatile organic compounds emissions from paint and coating operations by 50% as well as create plans that will require parts to be be reused, repaired and recycled as much as possible. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cummins' most ambitious environmental plan yet targets net-zero emissions by 2050," 15 Nov. 2019 Both are designed to be reused—the larger business kit for holding items such as cosmetics, and the premium-economy one to hold a passport, for example. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seven Stylish Airline Amenity Kits That Are Eco-Friendly," 8 Oct. 2019 The system reliably takes in a stacked tray of about 50 dishes, handles and cleans them internally, and sends them out to be reused. Wired, "Killing "Dead-End" Jobs Blocks Career Opportunity," 7 Oct. 2019 But the engine also embodies SpaceX's general recycle-friendly philosophy as its designed to be reused upwards of 1,000 times. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Elon Musk Reveal the Next-Gen Starship Right Now," 28 Sep. 2019 When the paper dries, the colors fade back to white and the paper can be reused. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale Library lends kits to spark memories and conversation with people with dementia," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The site lists creative reuse ideas for the maps, including using them for classroom and home learning, home decor, wrapping paper, art or origami. Nicole Soto, azcentral, "ASU Map and Geospatial Hub relocating, giving away hundreds of maps," 4 Dec. 2019 Those projects have included building and museum restorations, mill reuse initiatives, natural resource protection, trail development, natural resource inventories, and open space and land use plans. Denise Coffey,, "TLGV Celebrates 25 Years," 4 Dec. 2019 First success — side lots With titles cleared, the Detroit Land Bank began to push out its parcels to the public for productive reuse. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Land Bank admits faults, carries on amid complaints it moves too slowly," 3 Dec. 2019 The license outlines three conditions for use of the scan: The model must be attributed to the museum, it cannot be used for commercial purposes and anything made from it must be available for reuse by others. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "3-D Scans of the Bust of Nefertiti Are Now Available Online," 23 Nov. 2019 This broadens the options for disposing of the bag to include placing it on the side of the saucer or empty plate, or excusing oneself to the kitchen to toss it in the trash or park it in an agreed-upon spot for later reuse. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: My tea habit irritates my friend," 21 Nov. 2019 Health officials in a southern Pakistani city say a rogue pediatrician’s reuse of syringe needles has led to nearly 900 children testing positive for HIV since an epidemic began earlier this year, according to a Saturday report. Fox News, "Hundreds of Pakistani children test positive for HIV after rogue doctor reused syringes, report says," 28 Oct. 2019 Anyone looking to donate computers for reuse can bring them to Church-Pryor at the Norridge Citadel, 8354 W. Foster Ave. Jennifer Johnson,, "‘This work is very gratifying:’ Park Ridge man repairs donated computers for Salvation Army clients," 22 Oct. 2019 And a greater emphasis on variation and degeneracy, at all levels of analysis, as well as neural reuse, must be considered. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019

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1843, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Reuse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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