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."

Primary Meanings of reclaim

1.
v
claim back
2.
v
bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
Full Definitions of reclaim
1

v claim back

Synonyms:
repossess
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

v make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state

“The people reclaimed the marshes”
Type of:
convert
change the nature, purpose, or function of something

v reuse (materials from waste products)

Synonyms:
recover
Type of:
recycle, reprocess, reuse
use again after processing
2

v 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
Types:
moralise, moralize
improve the morals of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v 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
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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