- To recycle is to use again or to reuse waste material by converting it into something new.
An example of recycle is when you return bottles, which are then processed into new glass products.
A woman recycles her glass and cans.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to pass through a cycle or part of a cycle again, as for checking, treating, etc.
- to use again and again, as a single supply of water in cooling, washing, diluting, etc.
- to treat or process in order to use again: recycle aluminum cans
- to gather up and turn in (empty bottles and cans, old newspapers, etc.) to be so treated or processed
- to alter or adapt to a new use or function: recycle an old tenement into condominiums
- to use again; bring back; reuse: recycle a speech from a previous campaign
- to pass through a cycle, system, etc. and return to the starting point again or repeatedly: the electronic flash recycles in 5 seconds; the water recycles through the cooling system
- to engage in recycling empty bottles, old newspapers, etc.
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transitive verb re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling, re·cy·cles
- To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment.
- To start a different cycle in.
- a. To extract useful materials from (garbage or waste).b. To extract and reuse (useful substances found in waste).
- a. To use again, especially to reprocess: recycle aluminum cans; recycle old jokes.b. To recondition and adapt to a new use or function: recycling old warehouses as condominiums.
- re·cyˈcla·ble adjective & n.
- re·cyˈcler noun