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 All submissions become the property of and will not be returned; they may be published or otherwise reused in any medium. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "What did you think about Cleveland Rising? Share an op-ed that could run on," 7 Nov. 2019 Borden says plastic reduction options include phasing out single-use plastics, reusing plastics and encouraging businesses to eliminate unnecessary plastics. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 The brand is all about minimizing waste and reusing vintage deadstock fabric for its designs. Teen Vogue, "Reformation Launched Its Third-annual Online Vintage Collection," 28 Oct. 2019 The pump dispensers have a carbon footprint of their own and are often not reused or recycled. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Tiny shampoo bottles won’t be on hotel sinks much longer. It’s time to toss these symbols of wasteful plastic convenience.," 22 Oct. 2019 As the center’s name implies, there is also a realization that treating and reusing wastewater can help decrease stress on water supplies. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?," 22 Oct. 2019 Like other social hive-making wasps and hornets, all workers will die with cold weather and the new queens will overwinter elsewhere, never reusing an old hive. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: On hornets that eat bark and replacing sick shade trees," 17 Oct. 2019 But in fact, Water Gremlin started reusing the TCE many times. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "How 17 years of pollution in White Bear Township was finally stopped," 11 Oct. 2019 They were joined together to form matrices (or lines of words) which were often reused later. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: Hard to accept, but inevitable, so best to roll with life’s changes," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s time to envision a new future that includes the expansion of San Martin Airport and a genuinely beneficial reuse of the Reid-Hillview site. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Letter: Time for a truly beneficial reuse of the Reid-Hillview," 6 Aug. 2019 The reuse idea is the brainchild of Carolyn Lund of Belvedere, who recently retired from her job of managing an olive mill in Sebastopol. Richard Halstead, The Mercury News, "Marin campaign to curtail Amazon packaging gains traction," 15 Sep. 2019 The plan calls for an adaptive reuse renovation that preserves the historic façade of the building while updating the interior for use. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama looking at $1 billion from Opportunity Zone investments," 15 Sep. 2019 The perfect way to start your day is with a brunch at The Liquor Store, an adaptive reuse diner and bar. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "Black City Guide: 72 Hours in Memphis," 9 Sep. 2019 Among its innovations: A robotic recycling system called Daisy, which can disassemble up to 200 iPhones per hour and separate them into their component parts for eventual reuse. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The Change the World Sustainability All Stars," 19 Aug. 2019 Penders said some viable launch pads are unused but have great potential for reuse by private companies, some of which have already taken advantage of the opportunity as the commercial space industry continues undergoing drastic changes. Fox News, "Florida researchers use 3D technology to preserve space program history," 5 Aug. 2019 Connell channels his passion toward advocating for the deconstruction and reuse industry. Teresa L. Carey, Smithsonian, "How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses," 25 July 2019 As noted by Charles Mann in his The Wizard and the Prophets there are two approaches, one seeks to wield engineering skills to find water supply solutions: more storage, more pipes, more reuse. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Rounding up geese from parks — cruel or beneficial? (7/7/19)," 7 July 2019

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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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