Thesaurus

reclaim

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reclaim

  1. 1 to get again in one's possession she reclaimed the championship title after losing it last year Synonyms of reclaim get back, reacquire, recapture, recover, re-collect, recoup, regain, repossess, retake, retrieveWords Related to reclaim recruit, replenish; redeem, repurchase; rescueNear Antonyms of reclaim lose, mislay, misplace

  2. 2 to make better in behavior or character a program to reclaim juvenile offenders by requiring them to do community service Synonyms of reclaim habilitate, reform, redeem, regenerate, rehabilitateWords Related to reclaim reeducate; amend, improve, refine; cleanse, purify, restoreNear Antonyms of reclaim abase, canker, corrupt, debauch, degrade, demean, demoralize, deprave, lower, pervert, poison, profane, prostitute, subvert, warp

  3. 3 to obtain (a raw material) by separating it from a by-product or waste product after reclaiming the glycerin from used vegetable oil, you can use the oil to create a fuel that burns cleaner than regular gasoline Synonyms of reclaim recycle, recoverWords Related to reclaim reuse; process, reprocess

Synonym Discussion of 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


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