I. Date: 1926 transitive verb 1. to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: as a. to process (as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use b. recover 6 c. to reuse or make (a substance) available for reuse for biological activities through natural processes of biochemical degradation or modification <
green plants recycling the residue of forest fires
recycle ADP back to ATP
2. to adapt to a new use ; alter 3. to bring back ; reuse <
recycles a number of good anecdotes — Larry McMurtry
4. to make ready for reuse <
a plan to recycle vacant tenements
intransitive verb 1. to return to an earlier point in a countdown 2. to return to an original condition so that operation can begin again — used of an electronic device • recyclability nounrecyclable adjective or nounrecycler noun II. noun Date: 1926 the process of recycling

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