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Meaning of “recycle” in the English Dictionary

"recycle" in British English

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recycleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌriːˈsaɪ.kl̩/
B1 to ​sort and ​collectrubbish in ​order to ​treat it and ​produceusefulmaterials that can be used again: The ​Japanese recycle more than ​halftheirwastepaper. Shall I just ​throw this ​bottle away, or do you recycle? to use something again for a different ​purpose: Why not recycle ​Christmascards as ​gifttags? Students can sometimes recycle ​oldessays to make them ​fit new ​questions.

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

"recycle" in American English

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recycleverb [I/T]

 us   /riˈsɑɪ·kəl/
to ​collect and ​treat used ​objects and ​materials that are ​ready to be ​thrown out in ​order to ​producematerials that can be used again: [T] The ​lawrequires us to recycle ​paperproducts, ​glassbottles, ​sodacans, and some ​kinds of ​plastic.
(Definition of recycle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recycle" in Business English

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recycleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˌriːˈsaɪkl/
ENVIRONMENT to use a ​specialindustrialprocess in ​order to make ​materials and ​productsready to be used again: Remember to ​reduce, ​reuse, or 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 ​originalcapital of $500,000 has been recycled into ​loanstotaling $22 million.
(Definition of recycle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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