Definition of upcycle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

upcycle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪkl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they upcycle
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪkl//
 
he / she / it upcycles
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪklz//
 
past simple upcycled
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪkld//
 
past participle upcycled
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪkld//
 
-ing form upcycling
BrE BrE//ˈʌpsaɪklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌpsaɪklɪŋ//
 
 
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upcycle something to treat an item that has already been used in such a way that you make something of greater quality or value than the original item Plastic straws have been upcycled into jewellery. see also recycle