rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

Definition of reclamation

: the act or process of reclaiming: such as
b : restoration to use : recovery

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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

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Perhaps as a small act of reclamation, Ali quietly sets about helping Lurie recognize his own obscured origins. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, "Téa Obreht Reimagines the Western," 12 Aug. 2019 Three years removed from an All-Star appearance and the AL ERA crown, Sanchez represented the ultimate reclamation project. Michael Shapiro,, "Were We Wrong About the Mets?," 6 Aug. 2019 While there's an air of optimism surrounding the club's reclamation project, there’s also some summer drama. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Stars Old and New All Have a Stake in Remaking Real Madrid," 26 July 2019 Today, sand has become so valuable that it is shipped enormous distances: Australia sends boatloads of sand to Arabia for land reclamation projects. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Inside the deadly world of India’s sand mining mafia," 26 June 2019 In the early 2000s, the Hong Kong government began an ambitious land reclamation project on Hong Kong Island to create acres of new waterfront land, underground bypasses and to expand the subway system. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019 The lake was expanded over the winter by state workers as part of a water reclamation project. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Espinoza notches first win at Del Mar since accident there last summer," 18 July 2019 He was described as a reclamation project when acquired in the Nick Jensen trade. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings opening lineup projections: Who's in and who's out," 8 July 2019 Still, the Warriors view Robinson as a worthy reclamation project. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Glenn Robinson III out to prove he’s more than just a dunker," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of reclamation

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reclamation

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

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rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reclamation

: the act or process of recovering : the state of being recovered


rec·​la·​ma·​tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reclamation (audio) \

Legal Definition of reclamation

1 : the act or process of reclaiming the reclamation of goods delivered to an insolvent buyer
2 : a right to reclaim (as under commercial law)

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