reclaim

To reclaim something is to get it back. If a divorced couple remarries, they reclaim their marriage.

To claim is to declare or take ownership of something. To reclaim is to retake something lost. An injured quarterback must reclaim the starting position from his replacement. Two countries fighting over territory may lose and reclaim an area of land. A bank can reclaim a house if you don't make mortgage payments. Reclaim comes from the Old French reclamer, "to call back," which is rooted in the Latin word reclamare, "cry out against, or appeal."

Definitions of reclaim
  1. verb
    claim back
    synonyms: repossess
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    types:
    distrain
    legally take something in place of a debt payment
    foreclose
    subject to foreclosing procedures; take away the right of mortgagors to redeem their mortgage
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state
    “The people reclaimed the marshes”
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    type of:
    convert
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  3. verb
    reuse (materials from waste products)
    synonyms: recover
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    type of:
    recycle, reprocess, reuse
    use again after processing
  4. verb
    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
    synonyms: rectify, reform, regenerate
    reform, see the light, straighten out
    change for the better
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    types:
    moralise, moralize
    improve the morals of
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. verb
    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
    reclaim falcons”
    synonyms: domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, tame
    domesticate, tame
    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
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    types:
    break, break in
    make submissive, obedient, or useful
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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