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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reclaim, repossessverb

    claim back

  2. reclaim, recoververb

    reuse (materials from waste products)

  3. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectifyverb

    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"

  4. reclaimverb

    make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state

    "The people reclaimed the marshes"

  5. domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tameverb

    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

    "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"


  1. reclaimnoun

    The calling back of a hawk.

  2. reclaimnoun

    The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.

  3. reclaimnoun

    An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.

  4. reclaimverb

    To return land to a suitable condition for use.

  5. reclaimverb

    To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.

  6. reclaimverb

    To return someone to a proper course of action; to reform.

  7. reclaimverb

    To claim something back; to repossess.

  8. reclaimverb

    To tame or domesticate a wild animal.

  9. Etymology: From reclaimer (noun recleim), reclamer (noun reclaim), from reclamare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Reclaimverb

    Etymology: reclamo, Latin.

    He spared not the heads of any mischievous practices, but shewed sharp judgment on them for ensample sake, that all the meaner sort, which were infected with that evil, might, by terror thereof, be reclaimed and saved. Edmund Spenser.

    This errour whosoever is able to reclaim, he shall save more in one summer, than Themison destroy’d in any autumn. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Reclaim your wife from strolling up and down
    To all assizes. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    ’Tis the intention of providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind, and to engage their obedience. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The penal laws in being against papists have been found ineffectual, and rather confirm than reclaim men from their errors. Jonathan Swift.

    It was for him to hasten to let his people see, that he meant to govern by law, howsoever he came in by the sword; and fit also to reclaim them, to know him for their king, whom they had so lately talked of as an enemy. Francis Bacon.

    Much labour is requir’d in trees, to tame
    Their wild disorder, and in ranks reclaim. Dryden.

    Minds she the dangers of the Lycian coast?
    Or is her tow’ring flight reclaim’d,
    By seas from Icarus’s downfal nam’d?
    Vain is the call, and useless the advice. Matthew Prior.

    The head-strong horses hurried Octavius, the trembling charioteer, along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them. Dryd.

    Oh tyrant love!
    Wisdom and wit in vain reclaim,
    And arts but soften us to feel thy flame. Alexander Pope.

    Upon his fist he bore
    An eagle well reclaim’d. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    Are not hawks brought to the hand, and lions, tygers and bears reclaimed by good usage? Roger L'Estrange, Fables.


  1. reclaim

    To reclaim means to recover or retrieve something that was previously lost, taken away, abandoned or discarded. This could be a physical item, a right, a space or various forms of personal or social aspects. Additionally, it could also refer to the process of making land or other natural resources suitable for human use again after being damaged or degraded.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reclaimverb

    to claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of

  2. Reclaimverb

    to call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call

  3. Reclaimverb

    to call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting

  4. Reclaimverb

    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

  5. Reclaimverb

    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

  6. Reclaimverb

    to call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform

  7. Reclaimverb

    to correct; to reform; -- said of things

  8. Reclaimverb

    to exclaim against; to gainsay

  9. Reclaimverb

    to cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions

  10. Reclaimverb

    to bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform

  11. Reclaimverb

    to draw back; to give way

  12. Reclaimnoun

    the act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery


  1. Reclaim

    'Reclaim' is Keep of Kalessin's first EP. It was released on December 6, 2003 in the United States and in Europe on January 15, 2004 as a Mini CD. It was recorded in July, 2003 in Silverstone Studios and Schweinhund Studios. The EP was produced by Schwein and Obsidian C.. The EP was mixed by Schwein and mastered by Masterhuset. The cover design was done by MultiMono, by Asgeir Mickelson Frost heard the new Keep of Kalessin material and immediately said yes when Obsidian C. asked him to do the drumming on this new EP. Touring with Satyricon also made it possible for Obsidian C. to recruit the legendary Attila Csihar for the vocals on Reclaim who is well known for the vocals on Mayhem´s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. The three piece line-up recorded the EP which put the band into the Elite black metal scene of Norway, but due to the distance between Frost, Attila and Obsidian C., this line-up was short-lived. Attila did all the vocals on this release. However, Obsidian C. performed additional vocals on Come Damnation and Reclaim. Obsidian C. is also responsible for writing the music, except for IX which was written by Obsidian C. and S. Groenbech. Traveler was written, but also performed by S. Groenbech alone. The lyrics were written by Torstein Parelius, courtesy of Chton and Manes. The lyrics of Reclaim were written by Obsidian C. and he was also responsible for the lyrical arrangements, together with Attila.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reclaim

    rē-klām′, v.t. to demand the return of: to regain: to bring back from a wild or barbarous state, or from error or vice: to bring into a state of cultivation: to bring into the desired condition: to make tame or gentle: to reform.—v.i. to cry out or exclaim: (Scots law) to appeal from the Lord Ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.—adj. Reclaim′able, that may be reclaimed or reformed.—adv. Reclaim′ably.—ns. Reclaim′ant, one who reclaims; Reclamā′tion, act of reclaiming: state of being reclaimed, as of waste land: demand: recovery. [Fr.,—L. re-, again, clamāre, to cry out.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reclaim in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reclaim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of reclaim in a Sentence

  1. The President:

    We need to reclaim our values. It's not partisan values, we just can not walk away from the fact of how this all started, which was a President that said he wanted to ban Muslims from our country.

  2. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi:

    It all started to reclaim the lost position in the dharma, i was not very religious until 2015 – life changed.

  3. Somsak Piriyayota:

    We have a government policy to reclaim forests - from investors, but not from poor people. With shrimp farmers, it's generally investors.

  4. Harriet Hageman:

    I know Wyoming. I love Wyoming. I am Wyoming, i am going to reclaim Wyoming's lone congressional seat from that Virginian who currently holds it.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    I feel very strongly about budgeting, i feel very strongly about getting a real working appropriations process so that we can reclaim the power of the purse. My views are very well known on this. We're having the kind of family conversation.

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