Tim reclaims scrap wood to create one-of-a-kind artistic signs.
- If your car gets towed and you go to the impound lot to get it back, this is an example of when you reclaim your car.
- When waste material is taken out of an old barn that is being torn down and you use the material to make floors for your home, this is an example of when you reclaim the wood.
- When someone has begun engaging in prostitution or other immoral behavior and you help that person to get back on track and stop doing immoral acts, this is an example of when you reclaim.
- to rescue or bring back (a person or people) from error, vice, etc. to ways of living or thinking regarded as right; reform
- to make (wasteland, desert, etc.) capable of being cultivated or lived on, as by filling, ditching, or irrigating
- to recover (useful materials) from waste products
- to retrieve (something lost, taken away, deposited temporarily, etc.); get back into one's possession
- Obs. to tame or subdue (a hawk)
Origin of reclaimMiddle English reclaimen from Old French réclamer from Classical Latin reclamare, to cry out against: see re- and claim
transitive verbre·claimed, re·claim·ing, re·claims
- To resume possession of; take back: reclaimed our luggage; reclaimed the heavyweight boxing title.
- Chiefly British To legally request what is due: reclaimed the tax that is owed.
- To require or deserve again: The movie reclaimed my attention.
- To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use, as cultivation or habitation: reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land.
- To procure (usable substances) from refuse or waste products; recycle.
- To bring back, as from error, to a right or proper course; reform. See Synonyms at save1.
- To use or reinterpret (a historically derogatory name or term) in a positive way, as in pride for one's social group.
- To tame (a falcon, for example).
Origin of reclaimMiddle English reclamen to call back from Old French reclamer to entreat from Latin reclāmāre re- re- clāmāre to cry out ; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- re·claim′ant re·claim′er
(third-person singular simple present reclaims, present participle reclaiming, simple past and past participle reclaimed)
- To return land to a suitable condition for use.
- To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
- To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
- To claim something back; to repossess.
- To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
- To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
- To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
- An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.