Definition of reusable in US English:



  • Able to be used again or more than once.

    ‘reusable shopping bags’
    • ‘NASA has awarded contracts for the development of a new generation of reusable space vehicles.’
    • ‘The more the building can be organized into discretely reusable components, the more value those elements will have in the future.’
    • ‘With $5 billion worth of gift wrap tossed in the trash each year, reusable gift bags may be an idea whose time has come.’
    • ‘The abstracted interior landscape provided a powerful yet calm space with reusable modular elements.’
    • ‘Some materials are more reusable than others.’
    • ‘They use reusable totes instead of plastic pails to store ingredients.’
    • ‘The interface can be used for anything from ad hoc reporting to a reusable data bridge.’
    • ‘A function is the smallest reusable unit of code consistent across several programming languages.’
    • ‘These components are reusable building blocks for constructing software systems.’
    • ‘Much of the wood and obviously reusable material which would usually be dumped into landfill has been reclaimed from disused sites.’


  • 1An item which can be used again or more than once.

    ‘glass reusables cut solid waste by 88 percent’
    • ‘I juggle my art making with time spent salvaging reusables from the landfill.’
    • ‘The group rescues up to four tons of reusables daily from the city bulldozers.’
    • ‘I tried one of those reusables for my runs to the store, as it holds goods better in the car, but after washing it loses its shape, and you can't wash the cardboard bottom.’
    • ‘New vehicles are expected to be developed in the future, including a few more expendables and a new generation of reusables.’
    • ‘She thinks the agency report could deter people from choosing reusables in the future.’
    • ‘In the case of reusables, we don't actually reuse them very much.’
    • ‘Disposables are good in a pinch, but reusables (you keep the handled holder, then replace blades with refill cartridges) are more Earth-friendly.’
    • ‘Reusable stainless-steel drinking straws are a practical and simple first step for anyone who wants to begin incorporating reusables into their daily life.’
    • ‘As much as I despise plastic bottles, I don't use reusables because I don't want to lug around the empties.’
    • ‘Ceramic reusables reduced water usage by 64 percent.’
    1. 1.1 A washable diaper.
      ‘some parents opt for reusables during the day and disposables at night’
      • ‘Most parents use disposables, but reusables have their fans.’
      • ‘With three children, he would get through 15,000 disposable nappies compared with 60 reusables.’
      • ‘Single-use diapers consume less water than reusables laundered at home, but more than those sent to a commercial diaper service.’
      • ‘She has five children, and she used disposables for her first three and reusables for her fourth and fifth.’
      • ‘If one woman opts for reusables, her sisters and friends soon follow.’
      • ‘This is Real Nappy Week, when we are supposed to be dumping our disposables and rushing out to buy reusables instead.’
      • ‘If you find your partner or childcarer is unwilling to use reusables, then try using a mixture.’
      • ‘Growing cotton for reusables is one thing, but churning out oil, plastics, and chemicals is something else entirely.’
      • ‘Their advertising campaign claims that disposable nappies did no more harm to the environment than reusables.’
      • ‘Maybe a compromise is to use a biodegradable disposable at night but cloth reusables during the day.’