Definition of reprocess in US English:



[with object]
  • Process (something, especially spent nuclear fuel) again or differently, typically in order to reuse it.

    ‘the costs of reprocessing radioactive waste’
    • ‘We'll watch that with interest, but it's an economical benefit to the French government to reprocess the spent fuel rods.’
    • ‘Intelligence experts say North Korea could build several nuclear bombs within months if it reprocesses all of its 8,000 spent fuel rods.’
    • ‘North Korea got America's attention big time last month when it claimed it had reprocessed enough spent nuclear fuel rods to make plenty of nuclear weapons.’
    • ‘Secondly, the USA claimed satellite photographs had revealed the existence of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.’
    • ‘If robots can be employed to safely concentrate and reprocess the radioactive materials, they might even be valuable.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that the reprocessor becomes the manufacturer when it reprocesses the item.’
    • ‘This bill was intended to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require any person who reprocesses a medical device to comply with specific safety standards.’
    • ‘It can also help companies identify ways to reprocess materials.’
    • ‘Attached to the exhibit building, is the ‘Marsh Machine,’ an ecological wastewater treatment system that reprocesses all the water from the visitor center.’
    • ‘You put glasses on and everything is clear, but with hearing aids, your brain has to learn to reprocess sounds.’
    • ‘What we seem to have forgotten in the UK is that re-use of glass makes far more sense than ‘recycling’, or reprocessing old glass.’
    • ‘The plant reprocesses deadly plutonium to make fuel for nuclear power stations.’
    • ‘He will then mix all of the ingredients together in the blending silos, reprocess it, and make ricotta cheese out of that blend.’
    • ‘A veteran scientist who used to work at Japan's space exploration agency, Dr. Nitta has put together machines that pump waste out, reprocess it, and pump it back in again in a more useable, life - sustaining form.’
    • ‘She says if there are to be new nuclear power stations, the Government will have to help finance them - by reducing, for example, British Energy's liability for reprocessing its spent nuclear fuel.’
    • ‘Whilst the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry has talked about reprocessing the spent fuel and not storing it, critics say that the ministry will use the foreign funds to finance new reactors.’
    • ‘Sir, we hear reports that North Korea supposedly claiming to have reprocessed all of its spent nuclear fuel rods.’
    • ‘The Livingston-based company, which reprocesses alloys for the aeronautics industry, struck upon a novel solution through the Scottish Networks International programme run by the British Council Scotland.’
    • ‘Eventually, they discovered they could reprocess industrial fiberglass until it met aerospace specifications.’
    • ‘With over 1,300 sites nationwide, Rehab Recycling Partnership is responsible for 90% of Ireland's bottle bank network and currently reprocesses around 30,000 tonnes of glass a year - representing over 90 million bottles and jars.’
    reuse, convert into something, reclaim, recover
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