reclaim


reclaim
reclaimable, adj.reclaimer, n.
/ri klaym"/, v.t.
1. to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.
2. to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.
3. to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.
4. to tame.
5. re-claim.
v.i.
6. to protest; object.
n.
7. reclamation: beyond reclaim.
[1250-1300; (v.) ME recla(i)men < OF reclamer (tonic s. reclaim-) < L reclamare to cry out against, equiv. to re- RE- + clamare to CLAIM; (n.) ME reclaim(e) < OF reclaim, reclam, deriv. of reclamer]
Syn. 2. regain, restore. See recover.

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  • reclaim — re·claim /ˌrē klām/ vt 1: to make fit or available for human use reclaim ing land that had been strip mined 2 a: to demand the return of by right b: to regain possession of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Reclaim — Re*claim (r[ e]*kl[=a]m ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reclaimed} (r[ e]*kl[=a]md ); 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reclaim — Re*claim (r[ e]*kl[=a]m ), v. i. 1. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions. [1913 Webster] Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church reclaims, and Christian ears would not …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reclaim — Reclaim, que aucuns escrivent mal Reclain, c est plainte faite à un superieur pour avoir son aide, ou bien plainte judiciaire, tout ainsi qu on dit complainte. Au 4. art. des coustumes de Coulomniers, Et au regard des reclaims des lettres… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • reclaim — [ri klām′] vt. [ME reclaimen < OFr réclamer < L reclamare, to cry out against: see RE & CLAIM] 1. to rescue or bring back (a person or people) from error, vice, etc. to ways of living or thinking regarded as right; reform 2. to make… …   English World dictionary

  • Reclaim — Re*claim , n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reclaim — Re*claim (r[=e]*kl[=a]m ), v. t. To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of. [1913 Webster] A tract of land [Holland] snatched from an element perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy. W. Coxe. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reclaim — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. reclamer to call back, appeal to (12c.), from L. reclamare cry out against, appeal, from re opposite, against (see RE (Cf. re )) + clamare cry out (see CLAIM (Cf. claim) (v.)). Meaning bring waste land into useful… …   Etymology dictionary

  • reclaim — save, ransom, redeem, deliver, *rescue Analogous words: *renew, restore, renovate: reform, rectify, remedy, *correct, amend Antonyms: abandon Contrasted words: desert, forsake (see ABANDON) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reclaim — ► VERB 1) retrieve or recover. 2) bring (waste land or land formerly under water) under cultivation. 3) redeem from a state of vice. ► NOUN ▪ the action of reclaiming or the process of being reclaimed. DERIVATIVES reclamation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reclaim — An act carried out by a seller who has tendered a live cattle delivery certificate that the assigned buyer has retendered. A seller will do this to collect the retender fee. To reclaim, the original seller establishes a long position in the pit… …   Financial and business terms


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