Definition of reclaim in English:


Syllabification: re·claim
Pronunciation: /riˈklām


[with object]
  • 1Retrieve or recover (something previously lost, given, or paid); obtain the return of: he returned three years later to reclaim his title as director of advertising when Dennis emerged I reclaimed my room
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    • Forging a reputation as a research scientist is hard enough; reclaiming a lost reputation is even harder.
    • Then my husband goes and beats my high score and every competitive bone in my body ignites with a kind of ferocious need to reclaim my lost advantage.
    • What is more, in view of lengthy procedures and high costs, very few people will choose to litigate to reclaim lost property.
  • 1.1Redeem (someone) from a state of vice; reform: societies for reclaiming beggars and prostitutes
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    • Even in the most affectionate representations, he must be reformed and reclaimed by society and domesticity by play's end.
    • He is still heavily involved in Mahi Tahi, a Trust working to reclaim Maori prisoners by linking them to their racial traditions.
    • Candid about her own journey to reclaim God's woman within, she makes readers feel she walks with them as they journey toward inner peace and joy.
    save, rescue, redeem; reform
  • 1.2 archaic Tame or civilize (an animal or person).
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    • Now seven months old, Sam is a very healthy and robust dog, showing that even the most scruffy and mangy animal can be reclaimed and rehabilitated.
  • 2Bring (waste land or land formerly under water) under cultivation: little money is available to reclaim and cultivate the desert (as adjective reclaimed) reclaimed land
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    • The land was reclaimed from the waters in the 1950s when flood defences were constructed.
    • The Department of Agriculture pledged up to €100,000 to farmers to reclaim land, build farm buildings and replace dead livestock.
    • That all changed in the 1950s when the Jewish National Fund drained the lake and swamps and reclaimed the land for agriculture.
  • 2.1Recover (material) for reuse; recycle: a sufficient weight of plastic could easily be reclaimed
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    • It is often cheaper, ecologically sounder and more energy-efficient to re-use reclaimed materials rather than manufacture products from new.
    • The recycler also reclaims the glass and metal found in the thousands of burned-out bulbs the refinery replaces each year.
    • She may strip reclaimed materials down to the base metal, and weave them into her designs to make exclusive products.


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  • The action or process of reclaiming or being reclaimed: beyond reclaim
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    • Through this massive process of reclaim, they have effectively (as Kenneth pointed out in his case) stifled all criticism of the company on the Internet.
    • He faded, understandably, in the second half but by then he had wrenched the game beyond Celtic's reclaim.



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  • Lately, when designers speak of using ‘green’ materials, they usually are not referring to a color scheme, but rather to the use of reclaimable, recycled or sustainable materials.
  • It is important to note that some training costs can be reclaimed if the course is officially accredited, in which case up to 70 per cent may be reclaimable.
  • This amount (less VAT) is reclaimable through capital expenditures.


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  • Don't call them reclaimers: call them vandals with fork-lift trucks.
  • Now Eddie's garden stretches across two acres, and is adorned with an array of unusual trees, shrubs and plants which he has picked up pursuing his hobby as a reclaimer.


Pronunciation: /ˌrekləˈmāSHən/
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  • The industrial estate would require over 1,500 hectares of mangrove clearing and ocean reclamation.
  • And despite massive spending on land reclamation and replanting, the country is falling behind.
  • In Vellayani too, reclamation may begin in the name of paddy cultivation but soon the land will be used for housing purposes.


Middle English (used in falconry in the sense 'recall'): from Old French reclamer, from Latin reclamare 'cry out against', from re- 'back' + clamare 'to shout'.

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