V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to claim back what was once your own
Synonyms: retrieve, recover, regain, recycle, reform
Tips: Although the essential meaning of reclaim is "to claim or take something back," its use is usually more specific. Reclaim can be used to denote the recovery and improvement of a land area, as well as the recovery and reuse of material products--recycling. It can also be used to refer to the rehabilitation or reform of a person's behavior.
He lost the championship title last year, but he hopes to reclaim it this year. (regain, recover)
Many great products are created from waste that has been reclaimed. (recycled)
I hope I can reclaim the belongings I accidentally left at the hotel. (recover, retrieve)
The land developer thought he could reclaim the marsh and make it suitable for building. (recover, reform)
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