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We achieved our mission to the moon. Let's look home from that lofty perch and reimagine our mission on Earth - that is what we need to do here. Together, we can upcycle everything. The world will be better for our positive visions and actions.
William McDonough

Meaning of "upcycle" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UPCYCLE

upcycle  [ˈʌpˌsaɪkəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UPCYCLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Upcycle is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb upcycle in English.

WHAT DOES UPCYCLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Upcycling

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an article by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994. We talked about the impending EU Demolition Waste Streams directive. "Recycling," he said, "I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling- where old products are given more value, not less." He despairs of the German situation and recalls the supply of a large quantity of reclaimed woodblock from an English supplier for a contract in Nuremberg while just down the road a load of similar blocks was scrapped. In the road outside his premises, was the result of the Germans' demolition waste recycling. It was a pinky looking aggregate with pieces of handmade brick, old tiles and discernible parts of useful old items mixed with crushed concrete. Is this the future for Europe?...

Definition of upcycle in the English dictionary

The definition of upcycle in the dictionary is to recycle a disposable product into an object of greater value or use.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO UPCYCLE

PRESENT

Present
I upcycle
you upcycle
he/she/it upcycles
we upcycle
you upcycle
they upcycle
Present continuous
I am upcycling
you are upcycling
he/she/it is upcycling
we are upcycling
you are upcycling
they are upcycling
Present perfect
I have upcycled
you have upcycled
he/she/it has upcycled
we have upcycled
you have upcycled
they have upcycled
Present perfect continuous
I have been upcycling
you have been upcycling
he/she/it has been upcycling
we have been upcycling
you have been upcycling
they have been upcycling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I upcycled
you upcycled
he/she/it upcycled
we upcycled
you upcycled
they upcycled
Past continuous
I was upcycling
you were upcycling
he/she/it was upcycling
we were upcycling
you were upcycling
they were upcycling
Past perfect
I had upcycled
you had upcycled
he/she/it had upcycled
we had upcycled
you had upcycled
they had upcycled
Past perfect continuous
I had been upcycling
you had been upcycling
he/she/it had been upcycling
we had been upcycling
you had been upcycling
they had been upcycling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will upcycle
you will upcycle
he/she/it will upcycle
we will upcycle
you will upcycle
they will upcycle
Future continuous
I will be upcycling
you will be upcycling
he/she/it will be upcycling
we will be upcycling
you will be upcycling
they will be upcycling
Future perfect
I will have upcycled
you will have upcycled
he/she/it will have upcycled
we will have upcycled
you will have upcycled
they will have upcycled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been upcycling
you will have been upcycling
he/she/it will have been upcycling
we will have been upcycling
you will have been upcycling
they will have been upcycling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would upcycle
you would upcycle
he/she/it would upcycle
we would upcycle
you would upcycle
they would upcycle
Conditional continuous
I would be upcycling
you would be upcycling
he/she/it would be upcycling
we would be upcycling
you would be upcycling
they would be upcycling
Conditional perfect
I would have upcycle
you would have upcycle
he/she/it would have upcycle
we would have upcycle
you would have upcycle
they would have upcycle
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been upcycling
you would have been upcycling
he/she/it would have been upcycling
we would have been upcycling
you would have been upcycling
they would have been upcycling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you upcycle
we let´s upcycle
you upcycle
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to upcycle
Past participle
upcycled
Present Participle
upcycling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UPCYCLE


autocycle
ˈɔːtəʊˌsaɪkəl
biocycle
ˈbaɪəʊˌsaɪkəl
Carmichael
kɑːˈmaɪkəl
cycle
ˈsaɪkəl
down-cycle
ˈdaʊnˌsaɪkəl
epicycle
ˈɛpɪˌsaɪkəl
freecycle
ˈfriːˌsaɪkəl
hemicycle
ˈhɛmɪˌsaɪkəl
heterocycle
ˌhɛtərəʊˈsaɪkəl
kilocycle
ˈkɪləʊˌsaɪkəl
macrocycle
ˈmækrəʊˌsaɪkəl
megacycle
ˈmɛɡəˌsaɪkəl
meikle
ˈmaɪkəl
Michael
ˈmaɪkəl
monocycle
ˈmɒnəˌsaɪkəl
motorcycle
ˈməʊtəˌsaɪkəl
multicycle
ˌmʌltɪˈsaɪkəl
pericycle
ˈpɛrɪˌsaɪkəl
recycle
riːˈsaɪkəl
unicycle
ˈjuːnɪˌsaɪkəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UPCYCLE

upcast
upcatch
upcheer
upchuck
upclimb
upclose
upcoast
upcoil
upcome
upcoming
upcountry
upcourt
upcurl
upcurve
updart
update
updateable
updated
updater

WORDS THAT END LIKE UPCYCLE

bicycle
business cycle
cell cycle
citric acid cycle
closed cycle
hydrologic cycle
Krebs cycle
life cycle
menstrual cycle
nitrogen cycle
operating cycle
product life cycle
racing bicycle
rock cycle
song cycle
stationary bicycle
TCA cycle
tricycle
two-cycle
vicious cycle
water cycle

Synonyms and antonyms of upcycle in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «upcycle» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UPCYCLE

Find out the translation of upcycle to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of upcycle from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «upcycle» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

上升周期
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

upcycle
570 millions of speakers

English

upcycle
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

upcycle
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

upcycle
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

upcycle
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

upcycle
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

upcycle
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

upcycle
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Upcycle
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Aufwärtstrends
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

upcycle
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

상승 사이클
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Upcycle
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

upcycle
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

upcycle
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अपस्क्रिनल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

upcycle
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Upcycle
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

upcycle
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

upcycle
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

upcycle
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

upcycle
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

upcycle
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

Upcycle
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

upcycle
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of upcycle

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UPCYCLE»

The term «upcycle» is quite widely used and occupies the 40.100 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UPCYCLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «upcycle» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «upcycle» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about upcycle

EXAMPLES

QUOTES WITH «UPCYCLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word upcycle.
1
William McDonough
We achieved our mission to the moon. Let's look home from that lofty perch and reimagine our mission on Earth - that is what we need to do here. Together, we can upcycle everything. The world will be better for our positive visions and actions.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UPCYCLE»

Discover the use of upcycle in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to upcycle and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance
It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our green future as it unfolds in front of us. The Upcycle is as ambitious as such classics as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring—but its mission is very different.
William McDonough, Michael Braungart, 2013
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The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance
Tackles resource scarcity and sustainability and describes how everyday objects from chairs to cars and factories are being redesigned to sustain and promote life.
William McDonough, Michael Braungart, 2013
3
Upcycle with Decoupage
Need an item of beauty that looks just right for your style? Do you want to learn one of the easiest and most affordable of crafts? Upcycle with Decoupage is for you.
Patti Elhoff, 2013
4
Cool Fabric Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash ...
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Fabric Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures.
Pam Scheunemann, 2012
5
Sweet & Simple Handmade: 25 Projects to Sew, Stitch, Knit & ...
"Includes garment tissue paper patterns for infant to age 10"--Cover.
Melissa Wastney, 2013
6
UPCYCLE
Upcycle. 10 lOT-eK has built a critical architectural practice through research into the upcycling of infrastructural and industrial objects— most notably the standard 40-foot shipping container. lOT-eK initiated the idea of“container architecture” ...
LOT-EK
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Cool Odds and Ends Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your ...
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Odds and Ends Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures.
Pam Scheunemann, 2012
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Cool Glass and Ceramics Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle ...
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Glass and Ceramics Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures.
Pam Scheunemann, 2012
9
Cool Plastic Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash ...
520 Illustrates how to "upcycle" by making arts and crafts from various plastics products.
Pam Scheunemann, 2012
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Cool Paper Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash ...
Illustrates how to "upcycle" by making arts and crafts from various paper products.
Pam Scheunemann, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UPCYCLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term upcycle is used in the context of the following news items.
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Upcycle Exchange Leaving South Grand for New Venture on …
She's calling it Gnome Base, and says Upcycle will operate out of it -- but will be open to the public only about 10 to 15 hours a week. Customers will be able to ... «Riverfront Times, Jun 15»
2
TOTO partners with Hall Brick to upcycle clay waste into building …
A family-owned business that manufactures face brick, pavers and specially-shaped brick, Pine Hall Brick will upcycle TOTO's high-grade clay sediment waste ... «Construction & Demolition Recycling, Jun 15»
3
TOTO Announces Strategic Partnership with Pine Hall Brick …
Under its new cross-industrial strategic partnership with Pine Hall Brick Company, TOTO will upcycle its high-grade clay sediment waste into premium white ... «PR Newswire, May 15»
4
Upcycle wine bottles to create self-watering planters
It's not that I don't like gardening. It's just that I get a little over-enthusiastic in early spring, and then end up with a bunch of extra tomatoes and peppers in ... «Treehugger, May 15»
5
Upcycle! Art Fest: Creating with garbage
Girl Scout Troup 673 members had no worries as they played in a "garbage band" at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. They entertained Wednesday ... «The News-Press, Apr 15»
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On the upcycle
Upcycling is unstoppable. It's on HGTV. It's in your Facebook newsfeed. Everywhere you turn, somebody is turning something old into something new and useful ... «Fayetteville Observer, Feb 15»
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10 Tips to Upcycle Everything in Your Closet
What do you do with your old clothes? Throw them away? Donate them? Upcycling, or repurposing, old clothes is a fun and easy way to get nearly new pieces of ... «One Green Planet, Feb 15»
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Upcycling makes the old look brand new
Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch counties recently held a contest to see who could best upcycle used furniture. A bench made from an old ... «The Park Record, Jan 15»
9
Project Upcycle Turns Abandoned Neighborhood Relics into …
Have you ever wanted to cycle to the grocery story, but didn't have enough gear to carry all of your food and supplies home? Have you ever imagined what it ... «PSFK, Dec 14»
10
Savvy Restyle Market perfects the art of the upcycle
Malia Schopf recycles them — upcycles them — into art, decorative racks and more, and they are inspiring again. A few booths over from Schopf, Dianne ... «Greenville News, Dec 14»

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