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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

  • n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • 4. To tame (a falcon, for example). - American Heritage Dictionary.

    April 11, 2011