re·​uti·​lize (ˌ)rē-ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce reutilize (audio)
reutilized; reutilizing

transitive verb

: to make new use of (something) : to turn (something) to a new or different practical use
ways to reutilize the abandoned buildings
The facility will include a 455,000-gallon cistern that will accept roof runoff for stormwater management, reutilizing that water in the bathroom facilities and the irrigation system.Bruce Buckley
… an enzyme that is used to reutilize or "salvage" free guanine and hypoxanthine from the breakdown of nucleic acids.James D. Watson et al.
reutilization noun
plural reutilizations
the reutilization of salvaged materials

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Germany, for instance, a recent law requires large data centers to develop and implement new energy management and efficiency plans, while new centers will have to find a way to reutilize at least 40% of the waste heat produced by servers. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2022 That changed on Monday, when the first steps were taken to reutilize the property. al, 26 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reutilize was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Reutilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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