Definitions for: Reclaim


[v] overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
[v] make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
[v] 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"
[v] of materials from waste products
[v] claim back



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.


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

Synonyms: domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, recover, rectify, reform, regenerate, repossess, tame

See Also: acquire, alter, break, break in, change, change over, convert, distrain, foreclose, get, moralise, moralize, preserve, recycle, reprocess, reuse, save

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