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to claim the return or restoration of, as a right or possession.



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 more positive or wholesome way of life; rescue or reform.
4. to tame.
6. reclamation: beyond reclaim.
[1250–1300; (v.) Middle English recla(i)men < Old French reclamer (tonic s. reclaim-) < Latin reclāmāre to cry out against]
re•claim′a•ble, adj.
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To occupy or take again:
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RTL Hungary s EBITA was up to 17 million (January to September 2014: 6 million), driven by one-off effects such as the partial reversal of a stock valuation allowance and the re-claim of the advertising tax paid in 2014.
Its directer Majid Majidi says the aim of his work is to re-claim the rightful image of Islam, which "[Sunni] extremists had distorted".
Under the July 14 deal, Tehran could re-claim the money by complying with verifiable guarantees that Iranian nuclear work is peaceful.
And it was Downing at the forefront again, scoring twice - the second of which was an absolute peach of a volley - and having a hand in four others, twice making the sort of tackles he rarely gets credit for to re-claim possession and turn to opposition around.
How readers saw the Budget unfold AS I see it, those who are in a work-related activity group (WRAG) will be re-assesed when they are due, found fit to work, lose appeals and have to re-claim, therefore losing their PS30 a week.
The toilets are looked after by town councillors David Pinder (inset) and Andrew White, on a voluntary basis, and Clr Pinder said he wanted to drive away the undesirable element and re-claim the toilets for the people who really needed them.
Also this week, Glynn's other half Rhiannon (Ruth Madoc), pictured, finally arrives at the Solana to re-claim her man.
Also this week, Glynn's other half Rhiannon (Ruth Madoc), pictured, Madoc), pictured, R finally arrives at the Solana to re-claim her man.
Speaking about the Tate commission, Barlow explained, "I want to re-claim the 'lump' in a revitalized form, to suspend it, to have space circulating around it in an attempt to manipulate its weight and gravity.
Equally interesting to Steele are stories of those who escaped and the initiatives to find and re-claim captives.
Nature began to re-claim it almost as soon as it was constructed in the 1840s.