re-claim(redirected from re-claims)
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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]