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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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Caption: BACK AT WORK--Sepanta Niknam (second from left) re-claims his seat.
It insists the Universal Credit claim process is "designed as a simple and swift process for claimants" - and re-claims could take as little as eight minutes.
It can thus be argued that this first poem re-claims his italianita by addressing the concept of his mother tongue, and, therefore, through this metaphorical return the poet reclaims his childhood, represented by the language he adopts, and returns the narrator to the symbolic order.
Here, "Canadian-first" does defy "other" categorizations and re-claims or even particularizes "Canadian." Anne uses "Canadian" as its own set of cultural and identificatory practices, potentially speaking to something emancipatory or subversive in mixed race people claiming "Canadian-first."
Online fundraising business JustGiving, for example, has helped to raise more than pounds 1bn for good causes since it was set up in 2001 and it automatically re-claims Gift Aid on behalf of charities.
The ultimate goal is a poetry that "re-writes and re-claims and adds immeasurably to the past."