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 Yet products like steel and plastic can be reused, refurbished and recycled to capture untapped value. Fortune, "Why you should tumble round the idea of a circular economy," 29 Feb. 2020 Audi also has given a name to its iconic logo, as the Four Rings of Sustainability — reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink — now integrated into the planning of every project. Evelyn Kanter, Houston Chronicle, "All-new Audi S line performance has improved horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency," 28 Feb. 2020 Sometimes, campaigns reuse the material, Worrix said. Alan Yuhas,, "Where does all the swag go after campaigns fail? Everywhere," 25 Feb. 2020 Nowega can reuse some empty pipes because the region has two natural gas networks. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Solar and Wind Power Could Ignite a Hydrogen Energy Comeback," 1 Feb. 2020 For above-the-line unions, virtually every combination of media that a product is originally made for and is being reused in has a residuals formula. Jonathan Handel, Billboard, "'This Is an Extinction-Level Event': Musicians Fear for Livelihood Without TV & Film Streaming Residuals," 11 Oct. 2019 In some cases, doctors have been asked to reuse masks and take boxes off the wall so people can't steal them. Michael Nedelman And Gina Yu, CNN, "Health care braces for shortages of supplies due to coronavirus," 29 Feb. 2020 Other preventative measures include regular hand washing, avoiding contact with sick people, not reusing tissues and not touching your face. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus: Got facial hair? CDC warns you may want to shave," 26 Feb. 2020 In it, Bureau Betak promised to reuse materials, upcycle decor and set materials, eliminate the use of single-use plastic, incorporate water stations to cut down on single-use bottles, and provide responsible meals to minimize food waste. Eliza Huber,, "How Some Of Fashion’s Biggest Shows Are Going Green," 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s true even though textiles are shredded for reuse in products such as carpet padding or mattresses, or as rags; chemical processes that create new fibers from old ones are not yet available at scale. Washington Post, "Do you know what’s happening to your clothing donations?," 28 Jan. 2020 The company hopes this will facilitate the recovery and reuse of the fairing. NBC News, "SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea," 29 Jan. 2020 Try it at this pop-up spot Anyone who has walked along second Street recently has heard the hammering and sawing of the finishing touches going on to the new Punch Bowl Social, an adaptive reuse building located close to Film Bar. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Roosevelt Row's bar scene is booming. Here are 5 new nightlife destinations to try soon," 21 Jan. 2020 Journalist Minter, who hails from two generations of junkyard owners, makes his living from writing about reuse. Lisa Zeidner, Washington Post, "What really happens to all that unwanted stuff you donate?," 17 Jan. 2020 Officials say the $1 million well is part of a larger water management strategy that also includes conservation and reuse. USA TODAY, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 The New Zealand company's 10th flight of its Electron Rocket, delightfully named Running Out Of Fingers, will test some reuse technology for future recovery of the booster. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship build sites shuffled, SLS “absolutely mandatory”," 6 Dec. 2019 An improved Alamo with a new museum interpreting the full 300 years of Alamo history, through reuse of its landmark buildings, will elevate this site. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio’s historic Kress Building lunch counter could be reconstructed," 24 Dec. 2019 The two firms pulled 2,500 samples from the malware database VirusTotal and used Intezer's automated tools to comb those specimens for code matches or similarities, filtering out false positives like reuse of open source components. Wired, "This Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups," 24 Sep. 2019

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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 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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