[ ri-kleym ]
/ rɪˈkleɪm /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to protest; object.


reclamation: beyond reclaim.

Origin of reclaim

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English recla(i)men < Old French reclamer (tonic stem reclaim-) < Latin reclāmāre to cry out against, equivalent to re- re- + clāmāre to claim; (noun) Middle English reclaim(e) < Old French reclaim, reclam, derivative of reclamer

Related forms

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

Can be confused

re-claim reclaim

Definition for reclaim (2 of 2)


[ 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

Can be confused

re-claim reclaim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reclaim

British Dictionary definitions for 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


the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed

Derived Forms

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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