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reclaim

[ ri-kleym ]
/ rɪˈkleɪm /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to protest; object.
noun
reclamation: beyond reclaim.
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Origin of reclaim

First recorded in 1250–1300; (verb) Middle English recla(i)men, from Old French reclamer (tonic stem reclaim-), from Latin reclāmāre “to cry out against,” equivalent to re- + clāmāre “to claim”; (noun) Middle English reclaim(e), from Old French reclaim, reclam, derivative of reclamer; see re-, claim

synonym study for reclaim

2. See recover.

OTHER WORDS FROM reclaim

re·claim·a·ble, adjectivere·claim·er, nounnon·re·claim·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·claim·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reclaim

re-claim, reclaim

Other definitions for reclaim (2 of 2)

re-claim
[ ree-kleym ]
/ riˈkleɪm /

verb (used with object)
to claim or demand the return or restoration of, as a right, possession, etc.
to claim again.
Also reclaim.

Origin of re-claim

1400–50; late Middle English. See re-, claim

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-claim

re-claim , reclaim
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How to use reclaim in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reclaim

reclaim
/ (rɪˈkleɪm) /

verb (tr)
to claim backto reclaim baggage
to convert (desert, marsh, waste ground, etc) into land suitable for growing crops
to recover (useful substances) from waste products
to convert (someone) from sin, folly, vice, etc
falconry to render (a hawk or falcon) tame
noun
the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed

Derived forms of reclaim

reclaimable, adjectivereclaimant or reclaimer, noun

Word Origin for reclaim

C13: from Old French réclamer, from Latin reclāmāre to cry out, protest, from re- + clāmāre to shout
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