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 Most commonly, this means putting steps in place to reclaim or recycle materials after the product has completed its original use. Marianna Kantor, Forbes, "How 3D, Location Intelligence Can Help Drive A Sustainable Ocean Economy," 24 Feb. 2021 The Utah State men’s basketball team will reclaim two games lost to the pandemic. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State men’s basketball gets two games added back to its schedule," 23 Feb. 2021 Shelter visitors who want to adopt a pet, reclaim a pet, or use other services are required to make an appointment by calling 972-744-4480, sending an email to AskRichardsonAnimalServices@cor.gov or by booking an appointment online. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Here’s how Richardson’s animal shelter kept pets warm when the power went out last week," 22 Feb. 2021 For now, drivers can reclaim foreclosed medallions by paying back all the outstanding balance to bring the loan current and then resuming payments. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco taxi drivers lose dream, face foreclosures as pandemic jolts business," 22 Jan. 2021 Either way, Black women continue to find ways to reclaim what’s rightfully ours, especially within the realm of music. Kisha Forde, Essence, "Netflix’s ‘History of Swear Words’ Rightfully Acknowledges The Influence Of Black Women In Music," 15 Jan. 2021 With films lined up with Melissa McCarthy and Riz Ahmed, Spencer will almost certainly reclaim her place on our and everyone else’s entertainers of the year in 2021. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s 2020 Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2020 Black women all over the world not only participated in it, but emerged as some of the most interesting ambassadors of the look, using it to, in part, reclaim a history that refused to recognize them. Glamour, "Our Favorite Glamour Stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Will also reclaim No. 5 seed with win due to Week 5 defeat of Indy. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL playoff picture after Week 15: Seahawks clinch spot, assume first place in NFC West, as Rams stumble," 21 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reclaim. Accessed 8 Mar. 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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