recycle

[ree-sahy-kuh l]

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

  1. recusancy,
  2. recusant,
  3. recusation,
  4. recuse,
  5. recyclable,
  6. recycling,
  7. red,
  8. red admiral,
  9. red alder,
  10. red alert

Origin of recycle

First recorded in 1925–30; re- + cycle

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for recycling

recycle

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 recycling
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Science definitions for recycling

recycling

[rē-sīklĭng]

The collection and often reprocessing of discarded materials for reuse. Recycled materials include those used in manufacturing processes and those used in consumer products. The recycled material is often degraded somewhat by use or processing and therefore must be converted to another purpose. For example, the processing of recycled newspaper and other paper wastes usually shortens their fibers, and the material cannot be used to make high-grade paper. Instead, it can be reprocessed to make cardboard or insulation. Recycling helps reduce pollution, prolong the usefulness of landfills, and conserve natural resources.
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