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VERB (5)

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;
- Example: "The Church reformed me"
- Example: "reform your conduct"
[syn: reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify]

4. make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state;
- Example: "The people reclaimed the marshes"

5. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable;
- Example: "He tames lions for the circus"
- Example: "reclaim falcons"
[syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tame]

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7 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

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 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. 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. --Rogers. [1913 Webster] 6. To correct; to reform; -- said of things. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial. --Sir E. Hoby. [1913 Webster] 7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. [Obs.] --Fuller. [1913 Webster] Syn: To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 hear it. --Waterland. [1913 Webster] At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton. --Bain. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To draw back; to give way. [R. & Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

reclaim v 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "reclaim": 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
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

RECLAIM. To demand again, to insist upon a right; as, when a defendant for a consideration received from the plaintiff, has covenanted to do an act, and fails to do it, the plaintiff may bring covenant for the breach, or assumpsit to reclaim the consideration. 1 Caines, 47.