Definition of recycle in English:

recycle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Convert (waste) into reusable material.

    ‘car hulks were recycled into new steel’
    ‘goods made of recycled materials’
    ‘a call for the recycling of all paper’
    • ‘Residents and businesses in North Wiltshire need to do more to reduce, reuse and recycle waste to ensure that we do not need excessive areas of landfill in the future.’
    • ‘The purpose of the workshop is to show people how to recycle organic waste from the kitchen and garden.’
    • ‘A roadshow advising residents how to recycle green waste is to tour Trowbridge and Melksham.’
    • ‘It banned pesticides for urban uses and built a biochemical plant to recycle organic wastes from the city's garbage.’
    • ‘Typical of customers is the University of York, which recycles green waste for re-use on flower and shrub beds as mulch, saving costs of disposal and purchase of products.’
    • ‘The public needs to realise the seriousness of the problem and learn how to prevent, minimise, reuse and recycle waste.’
    • ‘In Europe, 20 nations have implemented legislation to control and recycle packaging waste.’
    • ‘The iron and steel industry was now able to recycle waste material.’
    • ‘A significant percentage of household waste could be recycled.’
    • ‘The Goverment has recently set a target for a massive 30% of general household waste to be recycled.’
    • ‘It also offers practical advice and information on how to re-use and recycle waste.’
    • ‘At a basic level, it is our moral obligation to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste.’
    • ‘The end product is the same - waste material is recycled to the benefit of the environment.’
    • ‘Please participate and clean our parish, eliminate dumping and recycle household waste by the proper means.’
    • ‘Recycling centers are ubiquitous, helping Denmark boast that half of its waste is recycled.’
    • ‘The company recycle all green waste into an excellent garden compost.’
    • ‘All waste is recycled, within reason, and even cars can be recharged at power points dotted around the complex.’
    • ‘These ranged from car sharing and using public transport through to recycling household waste.’
    • ‘In Waterford City, 35 tonnes of packaging waste is recycled each week through the green bin collection.’
    • ‘Approximately 40% of papers coming from domestic waste are currently recycled.’
    reuse, reprocess, convert into something, reclaim, recover
    salvage, save
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    1. 1.1 Return (material) to a previous stage in a cyclic process.
      • ‘The liver, one of the more versatile organs, recycles the lactic acid by converting it back to glucose for reuse by the muscles and other organs.’
      • ‘This pathway may also be involved in the senescence process where it may be required for recycling nitrogen from proteins.’
      • ‘Lymph vessels recycle the interstitial fluid and return it to the bloodstream in the circulatory system.’
      • ‘Fallen drops may recycle sugars to the soil and thence to trees, or the insects may promote extra photosynthesis in host trees.’
      • ‘Biotinidase is the enzyme that recycles the vitamin biotin.’
      • ‘Besides being a superb antioxidant itself, ALA recycles worn-out vitamin C, vitamin E and glutathione, and makes them useful again.’
    2. 1.2 Use again.
      ‘he reserves the right to recycle his own text’
      • ‘This, Reynolds tells us somewhat bathetically, was recycled from a rejected text for a French war memorial in 1918.’
      • ‘He rarely comes up with any new material, he simply recycles his old stuff.’

Pronunciation:

recycle

/rēˈsīk(ə)l/