reclaim

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman reclamer (noun reclaim), Middle French reclamer (noun reclaim), from Latin reclāmō, reclāmāre.

PronunciationEdit

verb
  • (UK) {{IPA|en|/ɹɪˈkleɪm/|/ɹiːˈkleɪm/
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noun

VerbEdit

reclaim (third-person singular simple present reclaims, present participle reclaiming, simple past and past participle reclaimed)

  1. (transitive) To return land to a suitable condition for use.
  2. (transitive) To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
  3. (transitive) To claim something back; to repossess.
  4. (transitive, dated) To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      They, hardened more by what might most reclaim, / Grieving to see his glory [] took envy.
    • (Can we date this quote by Rogers and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir E. Hoby and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      an eagle well reclaimed
  6. (transitive, archaic) To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The headstrong horses hurried Octavius [] along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them.
  7. (transitive, archaic) To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
    • (Can we date this quote by Waterland and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church reclaims, and Christian ears would not hear it.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bain and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)
  8. (obsolete, rare) To draw back; to give way.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
  9. (intransitive, law, Scotland) To appeal from the Lord Ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.

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NounEdit

reclaim (plural reclaims)

  1. (obsolete, falconry) The calling back of a hawk.
  2. (obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      The louing couple need no reskew feare, / But leasure had, and libertie to frame / Their purpost flight, free from all mens reclame [...].
  3. An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.

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Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

reclaim m (oblique plural reclains, nominative singular reclains, nominative plural reclaim)

  1. reputation

DescendantsEdit

  • English: reclaim

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