Definition of recycle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    recycle

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//riˈsaɪkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recycle
     
    he / she / it recycles
     
    past simple recycled
     
    -ing form recycling
     
     
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  1. 1 recycle something to treat things that have already been used so that they can be used again The company recycles about 85% of the paper it uses. recycled paper Topic CollocationsThe Environmentenvironmental damage cause/contribute to climate change/global warming produce pollution/CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/destroy the environment/a marine ecosystem/the ozone layer/coral reefs degrade ecosystems/habitats/the environment harm the environment/wildlife/marine life threaten natural habitats/coastal ecosystems/a species with extinction deplete natural resources/the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/waterways/the air/the atmosphere/the environment/oceans contaminate groundwater/the soil/food/crops log forests/rainforests/treesprotecting the environment address/combat/tackle the threat/effects/impact of climate change fight/take action on/reduce/stop global warming limit/curb/control air/water/atmospheric/environmental pollution cut/reduce pollution/greenhouse (gas) emissions offset carbon/CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/promote sustainable development preserve/conserve biodiversity/natural resources protect endangered species/a coastal ecosystem prevent/stop soil erosion/overfishing/massive deforestation/damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/the rainforests/an endangered speciesenergy and resources conserve/save/consume/waste energy manage/exploit/be rich in natural resources dump/dispose of hazardous/toxic/nuclear waste/sewage dispose of/throw away litter/garbage/trash use/be made from recycled/recyclable/biodegradable material recycle bottles/packaging/paper/plastic/waste promote/encourage recycling/sustainable development/the use of renewable energy develop/invest in/promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/reliance on fossil fuels get/obtain/generate/produce electricity from wind, solar, and wave power/renewable sources build/develop a (50-megawatt/offshore) wind farm install/be powered by solar panels
  2. 2recycle something to use the same ideas, methods, jokes, etc. again He recycled all his old jokes.
 
noun [uncountable] the recycling of glass a recycling plant
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