Reclaim

Definition of Reclaim

Re`claim´   Pronunciation: rė`klām´
v. t.1.To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of.
1.To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call.
[imp. & p. p. Reclaimed (rė*klāmd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reclaiming.]
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.
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.
Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial.
- Sir E. Hoby.
7.To exclaim against; to gainsay.
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.
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.
n.1.The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery.

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