• (British) {{IPA|en|/ɹɪˈkleɪm/|/ɹiːˈkleɪm/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɹiːkleɪm/

reclaim (reclaims, present participle reclaiming; past and past participle reclaimed)

  1. (transitive) To return land to a suitable condition for use.
  2. (transitive) To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
  3. (transitive) To claim something back; to repossess.
  4. (transitive, dated) To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      They, hardened more by what might most reclaim, / Grieving to see his glory […] took envy.
    • It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind.
    • Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
    • an eagle well reclaimed
  6. (transitive, archaic) 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.
  7. (transitive, archaic) 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.
    • At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton.
  8. (obsolete, rare) To draw back; to give way.
  9. (intransitive, legal, Scotland) To appeal from the Lord Ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.
  • Portuguese: chamar à razão
Translations Noun

reclaim (plural reclaims)

  1. (obsolete, falconry) The calling back of a hawk.
  2. (obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      The louing couple need no reskew feare, / But leasure had, and libertie to frame / Their purpost flight, free from all mens reclame [...].
  3. An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.

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