[ ri-kleym ]
/ rɪˈkleɪm /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to protest; object.
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 reclaimre·claim·a·ble, adjectivere·claim·er, nounnon·re·claim·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·claim·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reclaimre-claim, reclaim
Other definitions 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.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-claimre-claim , reclaim
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How to use reclaim in a sentence
But what difference did it really make, after the sanitary distillation of a reclaimer?The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for reclaim
/ (rɪˈkleɪm) /
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 of reclaimreclaimable, 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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