[ 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.


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


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Origin of upcycle

1990–95; blend of up + recycle


up·cy·cler, noun
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