Definition of Reclaim

1. Verb. Claim back.

Exact synonyms: Repossess
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Specialized synonyms: Distrain, Foreclose

2. Verb. Reuse (materials from waste products).
Exact synonyms: Recover
Generic synonyms: Recycle, Reprocess, Reuse
Entails: Preserve, Save
Derivative terms: Reclamation

3. Verb. Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one. "Reform your conduct"
Exact synonyms: Rectify, Reform, Regenerate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Related verbs: Reform, See The Light, Straighten Out
Specialized synonyms: Moralise, Moralize
Derivative terms: Reclamation, Rectification, Reform, Reformation, Reformative, Reformatory, Reformist

4. Verb. Make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state. "The people reclaimed the marshes"
Generic synonyms: Convert
Derivative terms: Reclamation

5. Verb. Overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable. "Reclaim falcons"
Exact synonyms: Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Tame
Category relationships: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Break, Break In
Related verbs: Domesticate, Tame
Derivative terms: Tamable, Tameable, Tamer

Definition of Reclaim

1. v. t. To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of.

2. v. t. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.

3. v. i. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.

4. n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.

Definition of Reclaim

1. Verb. (transitive) To return land to a suitable condition for use. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To return someone to a proper course of action; to reform. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To claim something back; to repossess. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To tame or domesticate a wild animal. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete falconry) The calling back of a hawk. ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back. ¹

8. Noun. An effort to take something back, to reclaim something. ¹

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Definition of Reclaim

1. to make suitable for cultivation or habitation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Reclaim

1. 1. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call. 2. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting. "The headstrong horses hurried Octavius . . . Along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them." (Dryden) 3. To reduce from a wild to a tamed state; to bring under discipline; said especially of birds trained for the chase, but also of other animals. "An eagle well reclaimed." 4. Hence: To reduce to a desired state by discipline, labour, cultivation, or the like; to rescue from being wild, desert, waste, submerged, or the like; as, to reclaim wild land, overflowed land, etc. 5. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform. "It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind." (Rogers) 6. To correct; to reform; said of things. "Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial." (Sir E. Hoby) 7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. Synonym: To reform, recover, restore, amend, correct. Origin: F. Reclamer, L. Reclamare, reclamatum, to cry out against; pref. Re- re- + clamare to call or cry aloud. See Claim. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reclaim

reckoning for
reckoning on
reckoning upon
reckons for
reckons on
reckons upon
reclaim (current term)

Literary usage of Reclaim

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"Specific gravity, acetone extract, quantity of factice, quantity of factice in reclaim, etc. Dry the " residue from acetone " and boil it in a small flask ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"It was the Reformation which stirred the Roman Catholic Church to make strong efforts to confirm the wavering and reclaim the wanderers. ..."

3. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1890)
"... Vendor may reclaim goods, obtained by fraud on the part of the vendee, against all persons except bona fide purchasers for value: ..."

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