Definition of reclaim in English:

reclaim

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Retrieve or recover (something previously lost, given, or paid); obtain the return of:

    ‘you can reclaim £25 of the £435 deducted’
    ‘when Dennis emerged I reclaimed my room’
    • ‘It will take improvement of massive proportions if they are to reclaim the title they last won in 1993.’
    • ‘Many recollected their efforts to reclaim the lands in the 1980s.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team finally reclaimed their gold medal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They must take the lead in civilising our streets and reclaiming them for local communities.’
    • ‘We were taught that our lives must be devoted to reclaiming our land.’
    • ‘Already, we've heard reports that Kurds have begun driving Arabs out of villages around Kirkuk, reclaiming their old lands.’
    • ‘Gomez insists reclaiming his title is only a stepping stone to bigger things.’
    • ‘Forging a reputation as a research scientist is hard enough; reclaiming a lost reputation is even harder.’
    • ‘For some galleries, reclaiming their lost business is impossible.’
    • ‘Her novels feature plots in which peasants reclaim Irish land.’
    • ‘In 1991, Noah captained France to the Davis Cup title, reclaiming the trophy after 59 years.’
    • ‘The delegation found the prince but he did not want to return and reclaim the throne.’
    • ‘What is more, in view of lengthy procedures and high costs, very few people will choose to litigate to reclaim lost property.’
    • ‘He has backed the invasions, saying the squatters are simply reclaiming land stolen by colonialists.’
    • ‘Anything other than a home win is unthinkable if United are to stand a chance of reclaiming their title.’
    • ‘She said something about moving to Arcadia Springs to reclaim what was hers.’
    • ‘I spoke up now, before Jason could do it, reclaiming some of my lost authority.’
    • ‘Partners often have their own successful careers that cannot be replicated abroad or positions that cannot be reclaimed on their return.’
    • ‘She reclaimed her title of countess and turned the decaying ancestral family seat into a house for homeless children at Wilsickow north of Berlin.’
    get back, claim back, have returned, recover, take back, regain, retrieve, recoup
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    1. 1.1dated Redeem (someone) from a state of vice; reform:
      ‘societies for reclaiming beggars and prostitutes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Armed with this knowledge, Christians can go out to reclaim the lost.’
      • ‘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.’
      save, rescue, redeem, win back
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    2. 1.2archaic Tame or civilize (an animal or person):
      ‘allow a week or ten days for reclaiming the bird’
      • ‘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.’
      enlighten, edify, educate, instruct, refine, cultivate, polish, sophisticate, socialize, humanize
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  • 2Bring (waste land or land formerly under water) under cultivation:

    ‘much of the Camargue has now been reclaimed’
    ‘reclaimed land’
    • ‘In the 1990s, enough land was reclaimed from the sea to build extensive housing estates.’
    • ‘They started emerging from the waters again in the 19th century, when landlords began to reclaim land from the lochs.’
    • ‘That all changed in the 1950s when the Jewish National Fund drained the lake and swamps and reclaimed the land for agriculture.’
    • ‘Commons were enclosed, and waste land reclaimed, by landlords or squatters, with consequent extinction of common grazing rights.’
    • ‘And in some situations reclaimed land is already degraded and faces long-standing feral animal or weed infestation problems and future risks.’
    • ‘Building drains and embankments, he reclaimed large areas of land which then became productive farmland.’
    • ‘He set about reclaiming the land, building the castle and laying out formal gardens.’
    • ‘Dikes (artificially constructed banks of earth) reclaim the land for agricultural use.’
    • ‘Later, parts of the land were reclaimed and lived on.’
    • ‘In the area east of the Rock, Prince Rainier began a project twenty years ago to reclaim land from the sea by landfill and drainage.’
    • ‘This land was reclaimed from the sea about 2,000 years ago.’
    • ‘If this is the case, then the new vegetation is at least partly the result of local farmers seizing the moment to reclaim the land.’
    • ‘The land was restored after Bradford Environmental Action Trust applied to the Onyx Environmental Trust for funding to reclaim the land and create a local nature reserve.’
    • ‘The Department of Agriculture pledged up to €100,000 to farmers to reclaim land, build farm buildings and replace dead livestock.’
    • ‘The land was reclaimed from the waters in the 1950s when flood defences were constructed.’
    • ‘This is not to say that the Dutch have wasted their time reclaiming land across the centuries.’
    • ‘Tellingly perhaps, since it's built on an island that is almost entirely reclaimed land, it's not really even in Korea.’
    • ‘We were reminded by our historic guide of the contribution of the Mennonites who came to these lands and built the canal system to reclaim the land of the Vistula River Delta.’
    • ‘Back in the 1950s, the Hay Report recommended reclaiming the land through embankments and dams.’
    • ‘Corn production for grain or silage is possible in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio on land reclaimed to modern standards after being surface mined for coal.’
    1. 2.1 Recover (material) for reuse; recycle:
      ‘a sufficient weight of plastic could easily be reclaimed’
      • ‘All open-beam construction and reclaimed factory wood, the house had been built from a kit in 1990.’
      • ‘The company specialises in reclaiming antique wood for use in the home.’
      • ‘She may strip reclaimed materials down to the base metal, and weave them into her designs to make exclusive products.’
      • ‘Gill has used reclaimed timber, sumptuous fabrics and imaginative attention to detail to create a Georgian traditional country style home.’
      • ‘He said the truck would be used to transport diesel and other lubricants to the underground drilling machines, as well as reclaim used oil from them.’
      • ‘The recycler also reclaims the glass and metal found in the thousands of burned-out bulbs the refinery replaces each year.’
      • ‘If he and his team succeed in making products that dismantle themselves on demand, it will be possible to reuse valuable components and reclaim expensive or hazardous materials.’
      • ‘Many reclaimed cast-iron radiators come without valves, therefore the correct ones have to be sourced, which can prove problematic.’
      • ‘Team members also urge affiliates to incorporate a concise plan for reclaiming and recycling leftover materials, minimizing the use of natural resources and reducing the impact on the land.’
      • ‘The timber-framed two-storey building has a reclaimed slate roof, double-glazed windows and heavily insulated floors and ceiling.’
      • ‘Each piece of Mexican pine is unique as the craftspeople often use reclaimed wood and the waxes create different finishes.’
      • ‘It is often cheaper, ecologically sounder and more energy-efficient to re-use reclaimed materials rather than manufacture products from new.’
      • ‘All of his original negatives were melted down to reclaim the silver.’
      • ‘David Craig, based in Durham, works with organic wood and reclaimed teak.’
      • ‘Composite plastic/wood products use reclaimed wood and plastic to make a durable exterior decking material.’
      • ‘The forthcoming legislation aims to regulate how businesses reuse, reclaim, recycle and dispose of surplus electronic equipment.’
      reuse, reprocess, convert into something, recover
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noun

  • [mass noun] The action or process of reclaiming or being reclaimed:

    ‘VAT reclaim’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

reclaim

/rɪˈkleɪm/