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Meaning of RECLAIM

Pronunciation:  ree'kleym

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
  2. [v]  make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
  3. [v]  bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"
  4. [v]  of materials from waste products
  5. [v]  claim back

RECLAIM is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, recover, rectify, reform, regenerate, repossess, tame
 See Also: acquire, alter, break, break in, change, change over, convert, distrain, foreclose, get, moralise, moralize, preserve, recycle, reprocess, reuse, save



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*claim"\, v. t.
    To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt
    to recover possession of.
          A tract of land [Holland] snatched from an element
          perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy. --W. Coxe.
  2. \Re*claim"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reclaimed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Reclaiming}.] [F. r['e]clamer, L. reclamare,
    reclamatum, to cry out against; pref. re- re- + clamare to
    call or cry aloud. See {Claim}.]
    1. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a
       certain customary call. --Chaucer.
    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.'' --Dryden.
    4. Hence: To reduce to a desired state by discipline, labor,
       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. [Obs.]
             Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial. --Sir
                                                   E. Hoby.
    7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. [Obs.] --Fuller.
    Syn: To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct.
  3. \Re*claim"\, v. i.
    1. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim
       against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
             Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church
             reclaims, and Christian ears would not hear it.
             At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against
             Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton. --Bain.
    2. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.
             They, hardened more by what might most reclaim,
             Grieving to see his glory . . . took envy. --Milton.
    3. To draw back; to give way. [R. & Obs.] --Spenser.
  4. \Re*claim"\, n.
    The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed;
    reclamation; recovery. [Obs.]