Meaning of RECLAIM in English

I. rə̇ˈklām, rēˈ- verb

Etymology: Middle English reclamen, reclaimen, from Old French reclamer to appeal to, call back, from Latin reclamare to cry out against, call for, from re- + clamare to cry out, call — more at claim

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to call back (as a hawk to the wrist) : recall


a. : to recall from wrong or improper conduct : amend the behavior or character of : reform

reclaimed him from a life of drunkenness

reclaim the wicked

b. : to make obedient : subdue , tame

my heart is wondrous light, since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed — Shakespeare


a. : to rescue from an undesirable or unhealthy state : bring to a state of literacy, culture, or health

an effort to reclaim the illiterates who would otherwise be excellent material for the armed forces — American Library Association Bulletin

work done in reclaiming diseased and debilitated horses — Charles Murray

b. : to rescue from a wild or uncultivated state : make fit for cultivation or use

filled in valleys, diverted creeks and reclaimed swamps — G.R.Gilbert

the most arid area in the country reclaimed from the desert by irrigation — American Guide Series: California


a. : to obtain from a waste product or by-product : recover

reclaim wool fibers from textile wastes

b. : to recover the useful material from

reclaim scraps

intransitive verb

1. : to cry out : object , protest

his opponents loudly reclaimed against his attempt to shut off debate

2. Scots law : to appeal from a judgment of the lord ordinary of the Court of Session to the Inner House

3. : to demand surrender of a person or thing belonging to one state and found to be irregularly under the control of another state or its citizens

Synonyms: see rescue

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, appeal, recall, from reclamer

1. : a reclaiming or state of being reclaimed

past hope of all reclaim — Ben Jonson

2. : something that is reclaimed ; especially : reclaimed rubber

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.