- to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees.
- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of: The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
- to cause to pass through a cycle again: to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
- to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
- to undergo reuse or renewal; be subject to or suitable for further use, activity, etc.: The industry will recycle and become profitable once more.
- the act or process of recycling.
Origin of recycle
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- to pass (a substance) through a system again for further treatment or use
- to reclaim (packaging or products with a limited useful life) for further use
- to institute a different cycle of processes or events in (a machine, system, etc)
- to repeat (a series of operations)
- the repetition of a fixed sequence of events
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Word Origin and History for recyclability
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