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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recycle, reprocess, reuseverb

    use again after processing

    "We must recycle the cardboard boxes"


  1. reusenoun

    The act of salvaging or in some manner returning a discarded item into something usable.

  2. reusenoun

    code re-use indicates splitting program code into modules or classes so it can be re-used by other programs. data re-use refers to legal rights to re-use for publication, data that one has downloaded or licensed from a third party.

  3. reuseverb

    To use something that is considered past its usefulness, again (usually for something else).

    The students reused empty plastic bottles in their science experiment.


  1. Reuse

    To reuse is to use an item again after it has been used. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function, and new-life reuse where it is used for a different function. In contrast, recycling is the breaking down of the used item into raw materials which are used to make new items. By taking useful products and exchanging them, without reprocessing, reuse help save time, money, energy, and resources. In broader economic terms, reuse offers quality products to people and organizations with limited means, while generating jobs and business activity that contribute to the economy. Historically, financial motivation was one of the main drivers of reuse. In the developing world this driver can lead to very high levels of reuse, however rising wages and consequent consumer demand for the convenience of disposable products has made the reuse of low value items such as packaging uneconomic in richer countries, leading to the demise of many reuse programs. Current environmental awareness is gradually changing attitudes and regulations, such as the new packaging regulations, are gradually beginning to reverse the situation. One example of conventional reuse is the doorstep delivery of milk in refillable bottles; other examples include the retreading of tires and the use of returnable/reusable plastic boxes, shipping containers, instead of single-use corrugated fiberboard boxes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reuse

    rē-ūz′, v.t. to use again.—n. (rē-ūs′) repeated use.

Editors Contribution

  1. reuse

    To continue to use innovatively

    The couple choose to reuse their wedding dress and suit by buying something they can always use for other occasions or events.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of reuse in a Sentence

  1. James Phillips:

    It's important for the American public to understand, and for the folks in politics to understand as well that we are already receiving guidance from the CDC on how to reuse our PPE. That is a deviation from the standard of care. Normally in what we would call conventional care, we would wear a different mask for every single patient, but we're already being asked to use those for multiple patients if not multiple days. That is a significant deviation from the standard. If we had enough equipment, we would wear one mask per patient as it has been recommended for decades.

  2. Steve Schult:

    LastPass uses what we call your master password, and it’s one password that you should never reuse anywhere, and it allows you to unlock and lock your digital vault, so you don’t have to worry about giving your master password and having it go through the Internet and it getting intercepted somewhere.

  3. Rajshree Ghosh Biswas '':

    This is also a great way to reuse and recycle waste cooking oil.

  4. Brock Long:

    And then when it's done, I'm not allowed to reuse that trailer. I can't refurbish it and reuse it. We have to dispose of it.

  5. Jim Dover:

    It's a game changer for us, by coming up with a way to reuse the masks up to 20 times without any degradation, this protocol, it basically moves us from a 25-day supply on hand, up to 400.

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  • إعادة استخدامArabic
  • opětovné použitíCzech
  • genanvendelse, genanvende, genbruge, genbrugDanish
  • wiederverwenden, WiederverwendungGerman
  • επαναχρησιμοποίησηGreek
  • reusar, reutilizarSpanish
  • uusiokäyttö, kierrätys, kierrättäminen, kierrättääFinnish
  • réemploi, réusage, réutilisation, réutiliserFrench
  • पुन: उपयोगHindi
  • újrafelhasználásHungarian
  • 再利用, リユース, 再使用Japanese
  • postera I reuseLatin
  • gjenbrukNorwegian
  • herbruiken, hergebruikenDutch
  • повторное использование, снова использоватьRussian
  • återanvända, återanvändningSwedish
  • повторне використанняUkrainian
  • tái sử dụngVietnamese

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