Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment.
  • transitive v. To start a different cycle in.
  • transitive v. To extract useful materials from (garbage or waste).
  • transitive v. To extract and reuse (useful substances found in waste).
  • transitive v. To use again, especially to reprocess: recycle aluminum cans; recycle old jokes.
  • transitive v. To recondition and adapt to a new use or function: recycling old warehouses as condominiums.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To break down and reuse component materials.
  • v. To reuse as a whole.
  • v. To collect or place in a bin for recycling.
  • v. To be recycled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to repeat a cycle
  • v. use again after processing

Etymologies

From re- +‎ cycle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another way to recycle is to look around your home.

    Balkinization

  • Supremacy Member taking the word recycle to a whole new level~

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  • Today's game is called "recycle" - two teams take turns throwing balls at gym mats propped up vertically on either side of the gym into makeshift baskets.

    Daily News-Record

  • A material that is difficult to recycle, that is not biodegradable or compostable but that goes straight to landfills to continue polluting for thousands of years.

    July 2008: More letters to the editor

  • If we can't get these people to even recycle, which is so easy here, we all have a huge bin that you don't even have to sort, then we are really screwed.

    humiliating kick in the crotch

  • Password recycle fail leaves consumers ripe for harvesting

    ASTALAVISTA News

  • The cool thing in this tweet -- I really don't know the context of the conversation -- it the use of a new code, namely the recycle symbol ( '♺'), for retweeting.

    /Message

  • It is extremely difficult to recycle, which is why so little of it is recaptured.

    Boing Boing

  • The best way to get people to recycle is to make them feel like they are a part of something important.

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  • The so-called recycle program in NYC which to my eyes, doesn't exist.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

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