A woman recycles her glass and cans.
An example of recycle is when you return bottles, which are then processed into new glass products.
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)
From re- +"Ž cycle.