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Definition of reclaim:

  1. 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.
  2. The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.
  3. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.
  4. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
  5. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform.
  6. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.
  7. To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of.
  8. To correct; to reform; - said of things.
  9. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
  10. To draw back; to give way.
  11. To exclaim against; to gainsay.
  12. To gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for injury or debt; as, to recover damages in trespass; to recover debt and costs in a suit at law; to obtain title to by judgement in a court of law; as, to recover lands in ejectment or common recovery; to gain by legal process; as, to recover judgement against a defendant.
  13. 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.


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