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.
We reclaimed our bags at the hotel desk.
The movie reclaimed my attention.
Reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land.
A life beyond reclaim.
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