What does reuse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recycle, reprocess, reuse(verb)

    use again after processing

    "We must recycle the cardboard boxes"


  1. reuse(Noun)

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

  2. reuse(Noun)

    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. reuse(Verb)

    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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nedup Tsering:

    We want citizens to practice the 5 Rs: Rethink, reduce, recycle, reuse and re-create.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 do n’t have to worry about giving your master password and having it go through the Internet and it getting intercepted somewhere.

Images & Illustrations of reuse

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Translations for reuse

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • genanvendelse, genanvende, genbruge, genbrugDanish
  • wiederverwenden, WiederverwendungGerman
  • reusarSpanish
  • uusiokäyttö, kierrätys, kierrättäminen, kierrättääFinnish
  • réemploi, réusage, réutilisation, réutiliserFrench
  • 再利用, リユース, 再使用Japanese
  • gjenbrukNorwegian
  • herbruiken, hergebruikenDutch
  • повторное использование, снова использоватьRussian
  • återanvända, återanvändningSwedish

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