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See also: recyclé



From re- +‎ cycle.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɹəˈsaɪkəl/, /ɹɪˈsaɪkəl/, /ɹiˈsaɪkəl/


recycle (third-person singular simple present recycles, present participle recycling, simple past and past participle recycled)

  1. (transitive) To break down and reuse component materials.
    Both paper and plastic can be recycled.
  2. (transitive) To reuse as a whole.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      Jokes are recycled so frequently, it’s as if comedy writing was eating a hole in the ozone layer: If the audience had a nickel for every time a character on one side of the frame says something could never happen as it simultaneously happens on the other side of the frame, they’d have enough to pay the surcharge for the movie’s badly implemented 3-D.
    • 2018 February 24, Paul Rees, “Finn Russell masterminds historic Scotland victory over England”, in The Guardian[1], London, archived from the original on 22 April 2018:
      He [Huw Jones] was hauled down in England’s 22 but, when the ball was quickly recycled, [Finn] Russell’s miss-pass gave Sean Maitland the room to score in the left corner.
  3. (transitive) To collect or place in a bin for recycling.
    • 1990, Laurence Sombke, The Solution to Pollution: 101 Things You Can Do to Clean Up Your Environment, Sandy, Oregon: MasterMedia, p 22:
      Most cans, bottles, and jars need to be rinsed, so recycle while you are doing dishes.
    • 2003, The Complete Guide to Easy Woodworking Projects: 50 Projects You Can Build With Hand Power Tools, Minneapolis: Creative Publishing International, p 270:
      Recycling is no longer a chore when this convenient recycling center is a fixture in your kitchen.
    • 2006, Elaine Martin Petrowski, Design Ideas for Home Storage, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Creative Homeowner, p 133:
      You'll find many configurations, including models that hide behind a single cabinet door and conceal from one to three bins, so you can recycle at the same spot where you dispose of trash.
  4. (intransitive, ergative) To be recycled.
    Sulfur recycles in the sulfur cycle.


Derived terms



recycle (plural recycles)

  1. An act of recycling.
    • 2011, C. P. Leslie Grady, Jr., ‎Glen T. Daigger, ‎Nancy G. Love, Biological Wastewater Treatment, Third Edition (page 189)
      First, there will be little reaction in the settler so that the concentrations of soluble constituents in the recycle stream are the same as those in the bioreactor. Because all soluble concentrations are the same, the recycle of soluble constituents around the system has no impact on system performance.

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  • IPA(key): /ʁə.sikl/



  1. first-person singular present indicative of recycler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of recycler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of recycler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of recycler
  5. second-person singular imperative of recycler




  1. First-person singular present of recyceln.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of recyceln.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of recyceln.
  4. Imperative singular of recyceln.