reclaimer

reclaim

[ri-kleym]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bring (uncultivated areas or wasteland) into a condition for cultivation or other use.
2.
to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc.
3.
to bring back to a preferable manner of living, sound principles, ideas, etc.
4.
to tame.
verb (used without object)
6.
to protest; object.
noun
7.
reclamation: beyond reclaim.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English recla(i)men < Old French reclamer (tonic stem reclaim-) < Latin reclāmāre to cry out against, equivalent to re- re- + clāmāre to claim; (noun) Middle English reclaim(e) < Old French reclaim, reclam, derivative of reclamer

reclaimable, adjective
reclaimer, noun
nonreclaimable, adjective
unreclaimable, adjective

re-claim, reclaim.


2. regain, restore. See recover.
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reclaim (rɪˈkleɪm)
 
vb
1.  to claim back: to reclaim baggage
2.  to convert (desert, marsh, waste ground, etc) into land suitable for growing crops
3.  to recover (useful substances) from waste products
4.  to convert (someone) from sin, folly, vice, etc
5.  falconry to render (a hawk or falcon) tame
 
n
6.  the act of reclaiming or state of being reclaimed
 
[C13: from Old French réclamer, from Latin reclāmāre to cry out, protest, from re- + clāmāre to shout]
 
re'claimable
 
adj
 
re'claimant
 
n
 
re'claimer
 
n

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reclaim
c.1300, from O.Fr. reclamer "to call back, appeal to" (12c.), from L. reclamare "cry out against, appeal," from re- "opposite, against" + clamare "cry out" (see claim). Meaning "bring waste land into useful condition" first attested 1764, probably via M.E. meaning "call back
a hawk," on notion of "reduce to obedience."
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