recycle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “recycle” in the English Dictionary

"recycle" in British English

See all translations

recycleverb [T]

uk   /ˌriːˈsaɪ.kəl/ us   /ˌriːˈsaɪ.kəl/
B1 to sort and collect rubbish in order to treat it and produce useful materials that can be used again: The Japanese recycle more than half their waste paper. Shall I just throw this bottle away, or do you recycle?
to use something again for a different purpose: Why not recycle Christmas cards as gift tags? Students can sometimes recycle old essays to make them fit new questions.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of recycle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recycle" in American English

See all translations

recycleverb [I/T]

us   /riˈsɑɪ·kəl/
to collect and treat used objects and materials that are ready to be thrown out in order to produce materials that can be used again: [T] The law requires us to recycle paper products, glass bottles, soda cans, and some kinds of plastic.
(Definition of recycle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recycle" in Business English

See all translations

recycleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌriːˈsaɪkl/ us  
ENVIRONMENT to use a special industrial process in order to make materials and products ready to be used again: Remember to reduce, reuse, or recycle.be recycled Equipment that is too old to repair is recycled.recycle goods/material/waste Waste is separated into four different bins in order to recycle it.recycle sth into sth Plastic bottles can be recycled into a myriad other products.
to use money for a different purpose from the one it was originally intended for: recycle sth into sth The original capital of $500,000 has been recycled into loans totaling $22 million.
(Definition of recycle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of recycle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“recycle” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

environment

the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More