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 For the team at Penicillin, the goal is to turn single-use culture on its head, and the team is constantly looking for new ways to reuse, recycle and minimize waste. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 12 July 2021 Still, for base coats and functional paint jobs, this is an economical and environmentally friendly way to reuse old paint. Dan Shapley, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2021 If there’s a way to reuse a bowling ball, someone’s tried it. Eleanor Cummins, Curbed, 29 June 2021 The lower part of the rocket, called the first stage, is the piece that SpaceX brings back to Earth to reuse. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 Instead, it is placed in plastic bags and tied to the edges of trash bins for entrepreneurial Jordanians and sheepherders to collect, dry, and reuse as animal feed. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 It’s the second commandment of sustainability: reuse., 3 Oct. 2021 The service includes products such as tomato ketchup, washing up liquid and soft drinks with the aim of allowing consumers to return and reuse packaging to reduce the demand for single-use plastics. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Right now, reuse programs like these are small potatoes in the scheme of global manufacturing. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 28 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By 2025, the SFPUC expects reuse projects to account for more than 2 million gallons of water a day. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Oct. 2021 On an environmentally friendly note, a graywater system will capture some of the liquid for reuse in city watering and irrigation efforts. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 For its part, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got a relatively inexpensive historic building for adaptive reuse as a museum complex. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Biomutant’s asset reuse is a bit of a disappointment. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Starship’s promise has everything to do with its size and potential for reuse. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 Because of the prevalence of password reuse, a compromised password on a personal account that has been reused in a business setting can put your company at risk. David Endler, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 The focus of the moratorium will include the notion of property reuse. John Benson, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 Her firm is a nonprofit that provides education and programs to promote waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and resource conservation throughout the Midwest. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 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 26 Oct. 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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