reprocess re‧pro‧cess [riːˈprəʊses ǁ -ˈprɑː-] verb [transitive]
to treat a waste substance so that it is safe or can be used again:

• The plant has all the facilities necessary to reprocess nuclear fuel.

— reprocessing noun [uncountable] :

• a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

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reprocess UK US /ˌriːˈprəʊses/ US  /ˌriːˈprɑːses/ verb [T] PRODUCTION, ENVIRONMENT
to deal with waste materials so that they can be used again: »

They won the contract to reprocess fifteen thousand tonnes of waste.


Most of the used fuel can be reprocessed.


The car runs on reprocessed cooking oil.

Compare RECYCLE(Cf. ↑recycle)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • reprocess — 1939, from RE (Cf. re ) back, again + PROCESS (Cf. process) (v.). Related: Reprocessed; reprocessing …   Etymology dictionary

  • reprocess — [rē prä′ses] vt. 1. to process again so as to reuse 2. to reclaim plutonium, uranium, etc. from (the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor) for reuse …   English World dictionary

  • reprocess — UK [ˌriːˈprəʊses] / US [ˌrɪˈprɑˌses] verb [transitive] Word forms reprocess : present tense I/you/we/they reprocess he/she/it reprocesses present participle reprocessing past tense reprocessed past participle reprocessed to process a waste… …   English dictionary

  • reprocess — verb Reprocess is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fuel, ↑plutonium …   Collocations dictionary

  • reprocess — /ˈriproʊsɛs/ (say reeprohses) verb (t) to subject to a process again or to a new process: to reprocess nuclear waste …  

  • reprocess — transitive verb Date: 1921 to subject to a special process or treatment in preparation for reuse; especially to extract uranium and plutonium from (the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor) for use again as fuel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reprocess — v.t. * * * …   Universalium

  • reprocess — verb process again …   Wiktionary

  • reprocess — re|pro|cess [ri:ˈprəuses US ˈpra: ] v [T] to treat a waste substance so that it can be used again …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reprocess — re|pro|cess [ ,ri pra,ses ] verb transitive to process a waste substance so that it can be used again …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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