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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Verb reclaim has 5 senses


reclaimv. 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."  [1913 Webster]
reclaimv. t. [F. réclamer, L. reclamare, reclamatum, to cry out against; pref. re- re- + clamare to call or cry aloud. See Claim.].
  •  To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.  [1913 Webster]
    "The headstrong horses hurried Octavius . . . along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform.  [1913 Webster]
    "It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To correct; to reform; -- said of things.  [1913 Webster]
    "Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To exclaim against; to gainsay.  Fuller.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct.
reclaimv. i. 
  •  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 hear it."  [1913 Webster]
    "At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.  [1913 Webster]
    "They, hardened more by what might most reclaim,
    Grieving to see his glory, . . . took envy.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To draw back; to give way.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
     The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.  [1913 Webster]


reclaim, v. & n.
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.

reclaimable adj. reclaimer n. reclamation n.
ME f. OF reclamer reclaim- f. L reclamare cry out against (as RE-, clamare shout)



abet, aid, amend, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, befriend, benefit, comfort, do good, doctor, ease, favor, get back, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give help, help, lend a hand, lend one aid, new-model, proffer aid, protect, rally, ransom, re-form, recapture, recondition, reconstruct, recoup, recover, recuperate, recycle, redeem, reeducate, refashion, reform, regain, regenerate, rehabilitate, reinstruct, rejuvenate, relieve, remedy, remodel, render assistance, renew, renovate, reoccupy, repatriate, replevin, replevy, repossess, rescue, reshape, restitute, restore, restore self-respect, resume, resuscitate, retake, retrieve, revindicate, revive, salvage, save, set straight, set up, succor, take back, take in tow, win back




VB return to the original state, recover, rally, revive, come come to, come round, come to oneself, pull through, weather the storm, be oneself again, get well, get round, get the better of, get over, get about, rise from one's ashes, rise from the grave, survive, resume, reappear, come to, come to life again, live again, rise again, heal, skin over, cicatrize, right itself, restore, put back, place in statu quo, reinstate, replace, reseat, rehabilitate, reestablish, reestate, reinstall, reconstruct, rebuild, reorganize, reconstitute, reconvert, renew, renovate, regenerate, rejuvenate, redeem, reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, redress, recure, cure, heal, remedy, doctor, physic, medicate, break of, bring round, set on one's legs, resuscitate, revive, reanimate, revivify, recall to life, reproduce, warm up, reinvigorate, refresh, make whole, redintegrate, recoup, make good, make all square, rectify, correct, put right, put to rights, set right, set to rights, set straight, set up, put in order, refit, recruit, fill up, fill up the ranks, reinforce, repair, put in repair, remanufacture, put in thorough repair, put in complete repair, retouch, refashion, botch, vamp, tinker, cobble, do up, patch up, touch up, plaster up, vamp up, darn, finedraw, heelpiece, stop a gap, stanch, staunch, caulk, calk, careen, splice, bind up wounds.


VB command, order, decree, enact, ordain, dictate, direct, give orders, prescribe, set, appoint, mark out, set a task, prescribe a task, impose a task, set to work, put in requisition, bid, enjoin, charge, call upon, instruct, require at the hands of, exact, impose, tax, task, demand, insist on, claim, lay claim to, revendicate, reclaim, cite, summon, call for, send for, subpoena, beckon, issue a command, make a requisition, issue a requisition, promulgate a requisition, make a decree, issue a decree, promulgate a decree, make an order, issue an order, promulgate an order, give the word of command, give the word, give the signal, call to order, give the law, lay down the law, assume the command, remand, be ordered, receive an order.


VB be due, to, be the due, of, have right to, have title to, have claim to, be entitled to, have a claim upon, belong to, deserve, merit, be worthy of, richly deserve, demand, claim, call upon for, come upon for, appeal to for, revendicate, reclaim, exact, insist on, insist upon, challenge, take one's stand, make a point of, require, lay claim to, assert, assume, arrogate, make good, substantiate, vindicate a claim, vindicate a right, fit for, qualify for, make out a case, give a right, confer a right, entitle, authorize, sanctify, legalize, ordain, prescribe, allot, give every one his due, pay one's dues, have one's due, have one's rights, use a right, assert, enforce, put in force, lay under contribution.


VB repent, be sorry for, be penitent, rue, regret, think better of, recant, knock under, plead guilty, sing miserere, sing de profundis, cry peccavi, own oneself in the wrong, acknowledge, confess, (disclose), humble oneself, beg pardon, turn over a new leaf, put on the new man, turn from sin, reclaim, repent in sackcloth and ashes, (do penance), learn by experience.


VB atone, atone for, expiate, propitiate, make amends, make good, reclaim, redeem, repair, ransom, absolve, purge, shrive, do penance, stand in a white sheet, repent in sackcloth and ashes, wear a hairshirt, set one's house in order, wipe off old scores, make matters up, pay the forfeit, pay the penalty, apologize, beg pardon, fair l'amende honorable, give satisfaction, come down on one's knees, fall down on one's knees, down on one's marrow bones.

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