verb re·claim \ri-ˈklām\

: to get back (something that was lost or taken away)

: to make (land) available for use by changing its condition

: to get (a usable material) from materials that have been used before

Full Definition of RECLAIM

transitive verb
a :  to recall from wrong or improper conduct :  reform
b :  tame, subdue
a :  to rescue from an undesirable state; also :  to restore to a previous natural state <reclaim mining sites>
b :  to make available for human use by changing natural conditions <reclaim swampland>
:  to obtain from a waste product or by-product :  recover <reclaimed plastic>
a :  to demand or obtain the return of
b :  to regain possession of
re·claim·able \-ˈklā-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of RECLAIM

  1. Sons and daughters are proudly reclaiming the traditions that their parents had forgotten.
  2. She reclaimed the title of world champion this year.
  3. You might be able to reclaim some of the money you contributed.
  4. Environmental groups have been reclaiming contaminated sites.
  5. Acres of land were reclaimed by conservationists.
  6. The factory reclaims fibers from textile wastes.

Origin of RECLAIM

Middle English reclamen, from Anglo-French reclamer, from Latin reclamare to cry out, protest, from re- + clamare to cry out — more at claim
First Known Use: 14th century

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