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recycle

[ ree-sahy-kuh l ]
/ riˈsaɪ kəl /

verb (used with object), re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling.

verb (used without object), re·cy·cled, re·cy·cling.

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.

noun

the act or process of recycling.

Nearby words

recusancy, recusant, recusation, recuse, recyclable, recycle, recycling, red, red admiral, red alder, red alert

Origin of recycle

First recorded in 1925–30; re- + cycle
Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for recyclability

recycle

/ (riːˈsaɪkəl) /

verb (tr)

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)

noun

the repetition of a fixed sequence of events
Derived Formsrecyclable or recycleable, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for recyclability

recycle


v.

1922, originally of industrial processes; see re- + cycle (v.). Specifically of waste material from 1960. Related: Recycled; recycling.

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