AskDefine | Define reclaim

Dictionary Definition



1 claim back [syn: repossess]
2 of materials from waste products [syn: recover]
3 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" [syn: reform, regenerate, rectify]
4 make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
5 overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, tame]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To return land to a suitable condition for use.
  2. To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
  3. To return someone to a proper course of action; to reform.
  4. To claim something back; to repossess.
  5. To tame or domesticate a wild animal.


  1. An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.

Extensive Definition

The word Reclaim or Reclaiming can refer to :

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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