Reclaim meaning

rĭ-klām
Reclaim is to take back something, or to find another purpose for waste or unusable material, or to rescue someone from a state of immorality.

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.

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To demand the restoration or return of (a possession, for example); claim again or back.

We reclaimed our bags at the hotel desk.

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To require or deserve again.

The movie reclaimed my attention.

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To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use, as cultivation or habitation.

Reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land.

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To procure (usable substances) from refuse or waste products; recycle.
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To bring back, as from error, to a right or proper course; reform.
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To use or reinterpret (a historically derogatory name or term) in a positive way, as in pride for one's social group.
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To rescue or bring back (a person or people) from error, vice, etc. to ways of living or thinking regarded as right; reform.
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To tame (a falcon, for example).
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Restoration to a previous or reformed state.

A life beyond reclaim.

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To make (wasteland, desert, etc.) capable of being cultivated or lived on, as by filling, ditching, or irrigating.
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To recover (useful materials) from waste products.
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To retrieve (something lost, taken away, deposited temporarily, etc.); get back into one's possession.
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To tame or subdue (a hawk)
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Reclamation.

Beyond reclaim.

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To return land to a suitable condition for use.
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To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
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To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
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To claim something back; to repossess.
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To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
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To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.

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An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.
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Origin of reclaim

  • Middle English reclamen to call back from Old French reclamer to entreat from Latin reclāmāre re- re- clāmāre to cry out kelə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman reclaimer (noun recleim), Middle French reclamer (noun reclaim), from Latin reclāmāre.

    From Wiktionary