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English definition of “reclaim”

reclaim

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈkleɪm/
to get back something that has been taken away from you, or money that you have already paid: reclaim tax/expenses/a deposit You can reclaim the import tax on such goods. It was seen as an attempt by the former chairman to reclaim power.
ENVIRONMENT to make land, such as desert or areas covered by water, suitable for farming or building on: The law requires mining companies to reclaim and replant the land.
ENVIRONMENT to get useful materials from waste: There are new techniques for reclaiming water from human waste.
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(Definition of reclaim from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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