from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use, as cultivation or habitation: reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land.
- transitive v. To procure (usable substances) from refuse or waste products.
- transitive v. To bring back, as from error, to a right or proper course; reform. See Synonyms at save1.
- transitive v. To tame (a falcon, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To return land to a suitable condition for use.
- v. To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
- v. To return someone to a proper course of action; to reform.
- v. To claim something back; to repossess.
- v. To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
- n. The calling back of a hawk.
- n. The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.
- n. An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of.
- transitive v. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.
- transitive v. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform.
- transitive v. To correct; to reform; -- said of things.
- transitive v. To exclaim against; to gainsay.
- intransitive v. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
- intransitive v. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.
- intransitive v. To draw back; to give way.
- n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cry out; exclaim against something.
- In Scots law, to appeal from a judgment of the lord ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.
- To draw back; give way.
- To effect reformation.
- To cry out against; contradict; gainsay.
- To call back; call upon to return; recall; urge backward.
- To claim the return or restoration of; demand renewed possession of; attempt to regain: as, to reclaim one's rights or property.
- To effect the return or restoration of; get back or restore by effort; regain; recover.
- In falconry, to draw back; recover.
- To bring under restraint or within close limits; check; restrain; hold back.
- To draw back from error or wrong-doing; bring to a proper state of mind; reform.
- To bring to a subdued or ameliorated state; make amenable to control or use; reduce to obedience, as a wild animal; tame; subdue; also, to fit for cultivation, as wild or marshy land.
- To call or cry out again; repeat the utterance of; sound back; reverberate.
- Synonyms and To recover, regain, restore, amend, correct.
- n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed, in any sense; reclamation; recall; restoration; reformation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. claim back
- v. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
- v. make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state
- v. reuse (materials from waste products)
- v. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
Middle English reclamen, to call back, from Old French reclamer, to entreat, from Latin reclāmāre : re-, re- + clāmāre, to cry out; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman reclaimer (noun recleim), Middle French reclamer (noun reclaim), from Latin reclāmāre. (Wiktionary)