re·cy·cle /riˈsaɪkəl/ Show Spelled [ree-sahy-kuhl] verb, -cled, -cling, noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees.
2. to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of: The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
3. to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4. to cause to pass through a cycle again: to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
–verb (used without object)
5. to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
6. to undergo reuse or renewal; be subject to or suitable for further use, activity, etc.: The industry will recycle and become profitable once more.
7. the act or process of recycling.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.