Recycle meaning

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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.

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To put or pass through a cycle again; reuse in a cycle.

The coolant is recycled after it condenses.

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To use again and again, as a single supply of water in cooling, washing, diluting, etc.
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To pass through a cycle or part of a cycle again, as for checking, treating, etc.
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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.

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To use again; bring back; reuse.

Recycle a speech from a previous campaign.

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To engage in recycling empty bottles, old newspapers, etc.
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To break down and reuse component materials.

Recycled paper.

Recycled plastic.

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To reuse as a whole.
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(intransitive, ergative) To be recycled.

Sulfur recycles in the sulfur cycle.

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To collect or place in a bin for recycling.
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To recycle waste materials.

Residents are encouraged to recycle.

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To alter or adapt to a new use or function.

Recycle an old tenement into condominiums.

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Origin of recycle

  • From re- +"Ž cycle.
    From Wiktionary