- (transitive) To return land to a suitable condition for use.
- (transitive) To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
- (transitive) To claim something back; to repossess.
- (transitive, dated) To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene ii:
- His Highneſſe pleaſure is that he ſhould liue,
And be reclaim’d with princely lenitie.
- 1609, Edward Hoby, A Letter to Mr. T[heophilus] H[iggons], late Minister: now Fugitive ... in answere of his first Motive:
- Your errour, in time reclaimed, will be veniall.
- (transitive, archaic) To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
- 1700, [John] Dryden, “Palamon and Arcite: Or, The Knight’s Tale. In Three Books.”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], →OCLC:
- an eagle well reclaimed
- (transitive, archaic) To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
- (transitive, archaic) To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
- (obsolete, rare) To draw back; to give way.
- (intransitive, law, Scotland) To appeal from the Lord Ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.
- (sociology) To bring back a term into acceptable usage, usually of a slur, and usually by the group that was once targeted by that slur.
- Once a term of homophobic abuse, the term “queer” has been reclaimed as a marker for some gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT), and other marginalized sexual identities.
Related terms Edit
to return land to a suitable condition
to obtain useful product from waste — see recycle
to claim something back, repossess
to return someone to a proper course of action
to tame or domesticate a wild animal — see tame
reclaim (plural reclaims)
- (obsolete, falconry) The calling back of a hawk.
- (obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.
- An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.
- baggage reclaim
Derived terms Edit
Old French Edit
- English: reclaim