to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.
to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.
to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.
to protest; object.
reclamation: beyond reclaim.
- re·claim·a·ble, adjective
- re·claim·er, noun
- non·re·claim·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·claim·a·ble, adjective
- re-claim, reclaim
Other definitions for re-claim (2 of 2)
to claim or demand the return or restoration of, as a right, possession, etc.
to claim again.
- Also reclaim.
- re-claim , reclaim
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How to use reclaim in a sentence
He juices with vegetables, romances on Tinder, and shops for rustic furniture built with reclaimed materials.
In 1970, and again in 1980, restitution was back on the agenda, and my mother and my aunt reclaimed paintings by Monet and Léger.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole | Anne Sinclair | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 24 additional pieces might be reclaimed after either the father or mother dies and be buried along with that parent.
Last year, three daredevils reclaimed One World Trade Center for life.We Should Applaud the World Trade Center Jumpers, Not Prosecute Them | Justin Miller | March 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For now, Marine Corps Times has reclaimed its place near the cash registers, but that might be temporary.Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint | David Abrams | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These bogs are of all depths from a few inches to thirty or forty feet, though the very shallow have generally been reclaimed.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
To the condition of a people keeping covenant, the seed of Jacob yet to be reclaimed, as chosen of God will be called.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
It must be acknowledged that he reclaimed nearly the whole of Asia from idolatry.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
It seems incomprehensible that these children should not be reclaimed, still more incomprehensible that no one seeks to do it.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
To protect it until it could be reclaimed, Emperor Alexander bought the treasure and took it to Russia.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
British Dictionary definitions for reclaim
to claim back: to 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
- reclaimable, adjective
- reclaimant or reclaimer, noun
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