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.

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Origin of recycle

First recorded in 1925–30; re- + cycle

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British Dictionary definitions for recycle

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 forms of recycle

recyclable or recycleable, adjective, noun
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