Definition of reclaim in US English:

reclaim

verb

[with object]
  • 1Retrieve or recover (something previously lost, given, or paid); obtain the return of.

    ‘when Dennis emerged I reclaimed my room’
    ‘he returned three years later to reclaim his title as director of advertising’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1991, Noah captained France to the Davis Cup title, reclaiming the trophy after 59 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Partners often have their own successful careers that cannot be replicated abroad or positions that cannot be reclaimed on their return.’
    • ‘He has backed the invasions, saying the squatters are simply reclaiming land stolen by colonialists.’
    • ‘It will take improvement of massive proportions if they are to reclaim the title they last won in 1993.’
    • ‘Anything other than a home win is unthinkable if United are to stand a chance of reclaiming their title.’
    • ‘For some galleries, reclaiming their lost business is impossible.’
    • ‘She reclaimed her title of countess and turned the decaying ancestral family seat into a house for homeless children at Wilsickow north of Berlin.’
    • ‘I spoke up now, before Jason could do it, reclaiming some of my lost authority.’
    • ‘Gomez insists reclaiming his title is only a stepping stone to bigger things.’
    • ‘The delegation found the prince but he did not want to return and reclaim the throne.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team finally reclaimed their gold medal.’
    • ‘Many recollected their efforts to reclaim the lands in the 1980s.’
    • ‘What is more, in view of lengthy procedures and high costs, very few people will choose to litigate to reclaim lost property.’
    • ‘Forging a reputation as a research scientist is hard enough; reclaiming a lost reputation is even harder.’
    • ‘Her novels feature plots in which peasants reclaim Irish land.’
    • ‘She said something about moving to Arcadia Springs to reclaim what was hers.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even in the most affectionate representations, he must be reformed and reclaimed by society and domesticity by play's end.’
      • ‘Armed with this knowledge, Christians can go out to reclaim the lost.’
      save, rescue, redeem, win back
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    2. 1.2archaic Tame or civilize (an animal or person).
      • ‘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.

    ‘reclaimed land’
    ‘little money is available to reclaim and cultivate the desert’
    • ‘Later, parts of the land were reclaimed and lived on.’
    • ‘They started emerging from the waters again in the 19th century, when landlords began to reclaim land from the lochs.’
    • ‘Dikes (artificially constructed banks of earth) reclaim the land for agricultural use.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He set about reclaiming the land, building the castle and laying out formal gardens.’
    • ‘In the 1990s, enough land was reclaimed from the sea to build extensive housing estates.’
    • ‘Building drains and embankments, he reclaimed large areas of land which then became productive farmland.’
    • ‘And in some situations reclaimed land is already degraded and faces long-standing feral animal or weed infestation problems and future risks.’
    • ‘This land was reclaimed from the sea about 2,000 years ago.’
    • ‘The land was reclaimed from the waters in the 1950s when flood defences were constructed.’
    • ‘Commons were enclosed, and waste land reclaimed, by landlords or squatters, with consequent extinction of common grazing rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not to say that the Dutch have wasted their time reclaiming land across the centuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back in the 1950s, the Hay Report recommended reclaiming the land through embankments and dams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tellingly perhaps, since it's built on an island that is almost entirely reclaimed land, it's not really even in Korea.’
    • ‘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 (waste material) for reuse; recycle.
      ‘a sufficient weight of plastic could easily be reclaimed’
      • ‘Composite plastic/wood products use reclaimed wood and plastic to make a durable exterior decking material.’
      • ‘Each piece of Mexican pine is unique as the craftspeople often use reclaimed wood and the waxes create different finishes.’
      • ‘David Craig, based in Durham, works with organic wood and reclaimed teak.’
      • ‘The forthcoming legislation aims to regulate how businesses reuse, reclaim, recycle and dispose of surplus electronic equipment.’
      • ‘All of his original negatives were melted down to reclaim the silver.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The recycler also reclaims the glass and metal found in the thousands of burned-out bulbs the refinery replaces each year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gill has used reclaimed timber, sumptuous fabrics and imaginative attention to detail to create a Georgian traditional country style home.’
      • ‘The timber-framed two-storey building has a reclaimed slate roof, double-glazed windows and heavily insulated floors and ceiling.’
      • ‘Many reclaimed cast-iron radiators come without valves, therefore the correct ones have to be sourced, which can prove problematic.’
      • ‘She may strip reclaimed materials down to the base metal, and weave them into her designs to make exclusive products.’
      • ‘It is often cheaper, ecologically sounder and more energy-efficient to re-use reclaimed materials rather than manufacture products from new.’
      reuse, reprocess, convert into something, recover
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noun

  • The action or process of reclaiming or being reclaimed.

    ‘beyond reclaim’
    • ‘He faded, understandably, in the second half but by then he had wrenched the game beyond Celtic's 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.’

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

/rəˈkleɪm//rəˈklām/