Meaning of “reclaim” in the English Dictionary

"reclaim" in English

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(Definition of “reclaim” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reclaim" in American English

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reclaimverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈkleɪm/

to take back something that was yours:

Students whose averages drop can reclaim their scholarships if they raise their grades.
The team reclaimed the lead and increased it to 13.

(Definition of “reclaim” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reclaim" in Business English

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reclaimverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈkleɪm/ us

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.


(Definition of “reclaim” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)