reclaim

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 (wasteland, desert, etc.) capable of being cultivated or lived on, as by filling, ditching, or irrigating
3. to recover (useful materials) from waste products
4. Obs. to tame or subdue (a hawk)
n.
reclamation [beyond reclaim]
SYN.- RECOVER
reclaimable
adj.
reclaimant
n.
reclaimer

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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 — 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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