upcycle

[ uhp-sahy-kuh l ]
/ ˈʌpˌsaɪ kəl /

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

to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original: I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

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

to process goods or material in this way.

noun

Economics. a period or cycle during which business activity is at a high point: The whole industry has entered an upcycle.

Nearby words

  1. upcharge,
  2. upchuck,
  3. upcoming,
  4. upcountry,
  5. upcropping,
  6. update,
  7. updike,
  8. updike, john,
  9. updo,
  10. updraft

Origin of upcycle

1990–95; blend of up + recycle

Related formsup·cy·cler, noun

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