Re·claim v. i.
1. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church reclaims, and Christian ears would not hear it. --Waterland.
At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton. --Bain.
2. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.
They, hardened more by what might most reclaim,
Grieving to see his glory, . . . took envy. --Milton.
3. To draw back; to give way. [R. & Obs.]
Re·claim v. t. To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of.
A tract of land [Holland] snatched from an element perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy. --W. Coxe.
Re·claim v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reclaimed p. pr. & vb. n. Reclaiming.]
1. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.
2. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
The headstrong horses hurried Octavius . . . along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them. --Dryden.
3. To reduce from a wild to a tamed state; to bring under discipline; -- said especially of birds trained for the chase, but also of other animals. “An eagle well reclaimed.”
4. Hence: To reduce to a desired state by discipline, labor, cultivation, or the like; to rescue from being wild, desert, waste, submerged, or the like; as, to reclaim wild land, overflowed land, etc.
5. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform.
It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind. --Rogers.
6. To correct; to reform; -- said of things. [Obs.]
Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial. --Sir E. Hoby.
7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct.
Re·claim, n. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery. [Obs.]
v 1: claim back [syn: repossess]
2: of materials from waste products [syn: recover]
3: bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of
life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed
me"; "reform your conduct" [syn: reform, regenerate, rectify]
4: make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated
state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
5: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He
tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticate,
domesticize, domesticise, tame]