reclaim

verb
re·​claim | \ ri-ˈklām How to pronounce reclaim (audio) \
reclaimed; reclaiming; reclaims

Definition of reclaim

transitive verb

1a : to recall from wrong or improper conduct : reform
b : tame, subdue
2a : 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
3 : to obtain from a waste product or by-product : recover reclaimed plastic
4a : to demand or obtain the return of
b : to regain possession of

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Other Words from reclaim

reclaimable \ ri-​ˈklā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce reclaim (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for reclaim

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action. rescued the crew of a sinking ship deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering. delivered his people from bondage redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary. job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity. tried to ransom the kidnap victim reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased. reclaimed long-abandoned farms save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence. an operation that saved my life

Examples of reclaim in a Sentence

Sons and daughters are proudly reclaiming the traditions that their parents had forgotten. She reclaimed the title of world champion this year. You might be able to reclaim some of the money you contributed. Environmental groups have been reclaiming contaminated sites. Acres of land were reclaimed by conservationists. The factory reclaims fibers from textile wastes.
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Recent Examples on the Web The money will pay for an expansion of city government to reclaim some of the initiatives lost when the city cut back in 2009 due to the Recession. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 The hard work to reclaim a life is never considered by the rapist. Alexia Norton-jones, refinery29.com, 30 June 2021 Swift is passionate about artists owning their own work and decided to take drastic—but extremely welcomed—measures to reclaim her first six albums. Glamour, 18 June 2021 Biden’s determination to reclaim America’s economic mojo already has Xi looking over his shoulder. William Pesek, Forbes, 28 May 2021 But the descendants of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled their homes that year have no legal means to reclaim their families’ land. New York Times, 15 May 2021 But the descendants of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled their homes that year have no legal means to reclaim their families’ land. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 The audio experience was created for those to reclaim their feminine power, by focusing on the energies of the Divine Feminine to restore wholeness and create more joyful and fulfilling lives. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 12 May 2021 The longest bear-market recovery took 7,262 trading days, until Sept. 22, 1954, to reclaim the previous high of Sept. 7, 1929. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reclaim

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reclaim

Middle English reclamen, from Anglo-French reclamer, from Latin reclamare to cry out, protest, from re- + clamare to cry out — more at claim

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“Reclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reclaim. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for reclaim

reclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reclaim

: 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

reclaim

verb
re·​claim | \ ri-ˈklām How to pronounce reclaim (audio) \
reclaimed; reclaiming

Kids Definition of reclaim

1 : to get back (something that was lost or taken away) The skater reclaimed her championship.
2 : to restore to an original state reclaim a swamp
3 : to obtain from a waste product or by-product The bottles are made from reclaimed plastic.

reclaim

transitive verb
re·​claim | \ ˌrē-ˈklām How to pronounce reclaim (audio) \

Legal Definition of reclaim

1 : to make fit or available for human use reclaiming land that had been strip-mined
2a : to demand the return of by right
b : to regain possession of

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