- 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.
transitive verbrecycled, recycling
- 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.
verbre·cy·cled, re·cy·cling, re·cy·cles
- To put or pass through a cycle again; reuse in a cycle: The coolant is recycled after it condenses.
- a. To extract useful materials from (garbage or waste).b. To extract and reuse (useful substances found in waste): recycle steel from old cars.
- a. To use again: recycle old jokes.b. To recondition and adapt to a new use or function: recycling old warehouses as condominiums.
(third-person singular simple present recycles, present participle recycling, simple past and past participle recycled)