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recycle

[ree-sahy-kuh l] /riˈsaɪ kəl/
verb (used with object), recycled, recycling.
1.
to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse:
recycling paper to save trees.
2.
to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of:
The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
3.
to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration:
The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4.
to cause to pass through a cycle again:
to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
verb (used without object), recycled, recycling.
5.
to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
6.
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
7.
the act or process of recycling.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; re- + cycle
Related forms
recyclable, adjective
recyclability, noun
recycler, recyclist, noun
nonrecyclable, adjective
unrecycled, adjective
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Examples from the web for recycling
  • You'd reduce water use and end runoff by recycling water in a closed irrigation system.
  • Nearly lost it rinsing out a peanut butter jar for recycling earlier today.
  • One enterprising student was coming by to collect old cell phones from recycling donations.
  • One of the best things about buying or getting used things is the fact that you are recycling.
  • Apparently, a truck full of imported recycling materials had come unlatched.
  • recycling plastic is tricky business, and many plastics are better off as garbage.
  • If rubber recycling hits a glut, there may be little choice.
  • However, much should be done on how to efficiently collect this plastic bottles and be delivered to recycling plants.
  • recycling isn't as easy or magical as you and the right wing think tanks want you to believe.
  • People are recycling more mobile phones each year.
British Dictionary definitions for recycling

recycle

/riːˈsaɪkəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to pass (a substance) through a system again for further treatment or use
2.
to reclaim (packaging or products with a limited useful life) for further use
3.
to institute a different cycle of processes or events in (a machine, system, etc)
4.
to repeat (a series of operations)
noun
5.
the repetition of a fixed sequence of events
Derived Forms
recyclable, recycleable, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for recycling
n.

1924, verbal noun from recycle (v.). Originally a technical term in oil-refining and similar industries; its broader consumer sense dates from 1960.

recycle

v.

1922, originally of industrial processes; see re- + cycle (v.). Specifically of waste material from 1960. Related: Recycled; recycling.

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recycling in Science
recycling
  (rē-sī'klĭng)   
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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