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
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 reclaimable (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 Most of the miners were laid off, though some will work on reclaiming the land. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Generating Station — the largest coal plant in the West — has shut down," 18 Nov. 2019 Barton said after reclaiming the starting small forward spot ahead of Wednesday’s season-opening 108-100 win here. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets veteran Will Barton humble, appreciative upon return to starting lineup," 24 Oct. 2019 That’s why Pelosi’s approval ratings have improved since reclaiming the speaker’s gavel. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "As with Superheroes, Trump’s Superpowers Have Their Limitations," 14 June 2019 So a 25% chance of a far left-wing president, times a 95% chance of a House majority, times 33% odds of reclaiming the Senate equals an 8% probability that the Democrats will be able to enact some form of universal government healthcare. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: Why Health Insurer Anthem Is Worth Investing In," 19 Nov. 2019 This class is about reclaiming your flexibility through yoga. cleveland, "Oak trees coming down at Coventry Library; new faces at The Gathering Place; more: Press Run," 8 Nov. 2019 The pact comes amid a series of efforts by African communities to reclaim their cultural and artifacts and scientific knowledge. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s Khoisan community will finally get a share of the commercialization of rooibos," 5 Nov. 2019 Locals try to reclaim throne in 1A boys meet St. Henry senior Sean Ryan enters the state meet as the 1A, Region 4 champion, leading the Crusaders to second place in the team standings. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky high school cross country: Five storylines for the state championship races," 1 Nov. 2019 As a result, Democrats appear to have made little progress in reclaiming their traditional advantage in the Northern battleground states, despite their sweep there in the 2018 midterms. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of reclaim was in the 14th century

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“Reclaim.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reclaimed. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for reclaim

reclaim

verb
How to pronounce reclaim (audio)

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.
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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