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reclaim

re·claim

reclaim

 
 
pronunciation:
ri kleIm
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reclaimed, reclaiming, reclaims
definition 1: to recover the use of (land areas) that can be drained, built up, or otherwise reconditioned.
These lands have been reclaimed from the desert and are now capable of growing crops.
synonyms:
recover, reform, rehabilitate
similar words:
process, recondition, recover, recycle, redeem, regenerate, rescue, restore, retrieve, salvage, save
definition 2: to recover and reuse (materials and substances) by separating them out of discarded waste.
The wood for the interior of the house has been reclaimed from an old barn.
similar words:
recover
definition 3: to reform; rehabilitate.
They did their best to reclaim him but he had been too corrupted.
similar words:
retrieve
definition 4: to claim again or to reestablish title to or possession of; variant of re-claim.
The island had been seized by invaders a hundred years earlier but was reclaimed after the recent war.
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act or process of reclaiming.
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derivations: reclaimable (adj.), reclaimant (n.)