Definition of reclaim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reclaim

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reclaim
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪm//
     
    he / she / it reclaims
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪmz//
     
    past simple reclaimed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪmd//
     
    past participle reclaimed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪmd//
     
    -ing form reclaiming
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkleɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkleɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to get something back or to ask to have it back after it has been lost, taken away, etc. reclaim something You'll have to go to the police station to reclaim your wallet. reclaim something from somebody/something The team reclaimed the title from their rivals. see also baggage reclaim
  2. 2reclaim something (from something) to make land that is naturally too wet or too dry suitable to be built on, farmed, etc. The site for the airport will be reclaimed from the swamp. reclaimed marshland
  3. 3[usually passive] reclaim something if a piece of land is reclaimed by desert, forest, etc., it turns back into desert, etc. after being used for farming or building
  4. 4reclaim something (from something) to obtain materials from waste products so that they can be used again 80% of aluminium could be reclaimed. see also recycle
  5. 5reclaim somebody (from something) to rescue somebody from a bad or criminal way of life
  6. Word Origin Middle English (used in falconry in the sense ‘recall’): from Old French reclamer, from Latin reclamare ‘cry out against’, from re- ‘back’ + clamare ‘to shout’.
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