rec·​la·​ma·​tion ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio)
: the act or process of reclaiming: such as
: restoration to use : recovery

Examples of reclamation in a Sentence

pumped water out of the field as part of the land reclamation program designed to provide farmers with more farmland
Recent Examples on the Web But for him, playing the banjo has become an act of reclamation. Adam Bradley Justin French, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 This Floating City May Be The Future of Coastal Living Polders use less sand than the kind of reclamation Singapore has used in the past. TIME, 10 Oct. 2023 When asked about these concerns, TSMC’s public relations department said that the company takes water management seriously and pointed to a water reclamation project completed last year in southern Taiwan. Meaghan Tobin, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 There’s also an option for gray water reclamation and reuse, which can reduce water usage by up to 45% compared to a standard home. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2023 With no speaker of the house for more than 18 days, the government shutdown looming, and an aid package for Israel stalled, Republican divisions have broken out into the open in angry reclamations and even death threats. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 22 Oct. 2023 Despite the Caribbean, and in turn, the Taíno people, having been under Spanish occupation for hundreds of years, the language and customs survived due to preservation and now reclamation. Constanza Eliana Chinea, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 As with Krupa’s glove, the structure could be a work of either demolition or reclamation. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 Signs of the marine degradation underscored the threats of coral harvesting in the territory, prompting several Filipino senators to raise suspicion over whether China has plans to militarize the atolls through reclamation, CNN affiliate CNN Philippines reported. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


French réclamation, from Latin reclamation-, reclamatio, from reclamare

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reclamation was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Reclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


rec·​la·​ma·​tion ˌrek-lə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio)
: the act or process of reclaiming : the state of being reclaimed

Legal Definition


rec·​la·​ma·​tion ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio)
: the act or process of reclaiming
the reclamation of goods delivered to an insolvent buyer
: a right to reclaim (as under commercial law)

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