Definition of reclaim
2 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>
3 : to obtain from a waste product or by-product : recover <reclaimed plastic>
4 a : to demand or obtain the return of b : to regain possession of
reclaimableplay \-ˈklā-mə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of reclaim
RECLAIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reclaim for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of reclaim for Students
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.>
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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