Definition of upcycle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌsīkəl/


[with object]
Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original: the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast (as adjective upcycled) upcyled furniture
More example sentences
  • The structure was primarily constructed using renewable and recycled materials as well as upcycling products for the furniture.
  • I am drawn to making little creatures - soft toys made out of upcycled or end of the line fabric remnants.
  • I love the idea of upcycling these pretty handmade things into new functional and groovy work.


1990s: blend of up- and recycle.

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Syllabification: up·cy·cle

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