WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re-claim  (rē klām),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to claim or demand the return or restoration of, as a right, possession, etc.
  2. to claim again.
Also,  reclaim. 
  • late Middle English. See re-, claim 1400–50

re•claim  (ri klām),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.
  2. to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.
  3. to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.
  4. to tame.
  5. re-claim.

v.i. 
  1. to protest;
    object.

n. 
  1. reclamation:beyond reclaim.
re•claima•ble, adj. 
re•claimer, n. 
  • Old French reclaim, reclam, derivative of reclamer
  • Latin reclāmāre to cry out against, equivalent. to re- re- + clāmāre to claim; (noun, nominal) Middle English reclaim(e)
  • Old French reclamer (tonic stem reclaim-)
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English recla(i)men 1250–1300
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged regain, restore. See  recover. 

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