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Definition of "reclaim" []

  • To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use, as cultivation or habitation: reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land. (verb-transitive)
  • To procure (usable substances) from refuse or waste products. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring back, as from error, to a right or proper course; reform. See Synonyms at save1. (verb-transitive)
  • To tame (a falcon, for example). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reclaim" in a sentence
  • "Will Elbow's new album title reclaim grammar's least-loved piece of punctuation from Facebook commenters and literary snobs?"
  • "I once believed the Clintons were do-gooders, and I think to some point they are, but I think it all is part of a hidden agenda, and Hilary & Bill will do anything to once again reclaim power."
  • "After the influence of the heretics in Poland had been destroyed, the Society of Jesus resolved to reclaim from the Greek schism the millions of inhabitants of"