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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RECLA'IM, v.t. [L. reclama. re and clamo, to call. See Claim.]
1. To claim back; to demand to have returned. The vender may reclaim the goods.
2. To call back from error, wandering or transgression, to the observance of moral rectitude; to reform; to bring back to correct deportment or course of life.
It is the intention of Providence in its various expressions of goodness, to reclaim mankind.
3. To reduce to the state desired.
Much labor is requir'd in trees, to tame their wild disorder, and in ranks reclaim.
4. To call back; to restrain.
Or is her tow'ring flight reclaim'd by seas from Icarus' downfall nam'd?
5. To recall; to cry out against.
The headstrong horses hurried Octavius along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them. [Unusual.]
6. To reduce from a wild to a tame or domestic state; to tame; to make gentle; as, to reclaim a hawk, an eagle or a wild beast.
7. To demand or challenge; to make a claim; a French use.
8. To recover.
9. In ancient customs, to pursue and recall, as a vassal.
10. To encroach on what has been taken from one; to attempt to recover possession.
A tract of land [Holland snatched from an element perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy.
RECLA'IM, v.i. To cry out; to exclaim.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: claim back [syn: reclaim, repossess]
2: reuse (materials from waste products) [syn: reclaim, recover]
3: 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" [syn: reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify]
4: make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
5: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tame]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle English reclamen, from Anglo-French reclamer, from Latin reclamare to cry out, protest, from re- + clamare to cry out more at claim Date: 14th century 1. a. to recall from wrong or improper conduct ; reform b. tame, subdue 2. a. to rescue from an undesirable state; also to restore to a previous natural state <reclaim mining sites> b. to make available for human use by changing natural conditions <reclaim swampland> 3. to obtain from a waste product or by-product ; recover <reclaimed plastic> 4. a. to demand or obtain the return of b. to regain possession of Synonyms: see rescue reclaimable adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 seek the return of (one's property). 2 claim in return or as a rebate etc. 3 bring under cultivation, esp. from a state of being under water. 4 a win back or away from vice or error or a waste condition; reform. b tame, civilize. --n. the act or an instance of reclaiming; the process of being reclaimed. Derivatives: reclaimable adj. reclaimer n. reclamation n. Etymology: ME f. OF reclamer reclaim- f. L reclamare cry out against (as RE-, clamare shout)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reclaim 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reclaim 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. --Waterland. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reclaim 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reclaim Re*claim", n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(reclaims, reclaiming, reclaimed) 1. If you reclaim something that you have lost or that has been taken away from you, you succeed in getting it back. In 1986, they got the right to reclaim South African citizenship... VERB: V n 2. If you reclaim an amount of money, for example tax that you have paid, you claim it back. There are an estimated eight million people currently thought to be eligible to reclaim income tax. VERB: V n 3. When people reclaim land, they make it suitable for a purpose such as farming or building, for example by draining it or by building a barrier against the sea. The Netherlands has been reclaiming farmland from water. VERB: V n 4. If a piece of land that was used for farming or building is reclaimed by a desert, forest, or the sea, it turns back into desert, forest, or sea. The diamond towns are gradually being reclaimed by the desert... VERB: usu passive, be V-ed by n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Reform, amend. 2. Regain, recover, restore, reinstate. 3. Correct, reduce to order, amend. 4. Tame, make gentle.

Moby Thesaurus

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