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reclaimverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈkleɪm/
to take back something that was yours: Students whose ​averagesdrop can reclaim ​their scholarships if they ​raisetheirgrades. The ​team reclaimed the ​lead and ​increased it to 13.
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"reclaim" in British English

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reclaimverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈkleɪm/  us   /rɪˈkleɪm/
to take back something that was yours: You'll be ​able to reclaim the ​tax on all ​equipment that you ​buy. I reclaimed my ​suitcase from the ​lostluggageoffice.
to make ​land, such as ​desert or ​areascovered by ​water, ​suitable for ​farming or ​building
to ​treatwastematerials in ​order to get ​usefulmaterials, such as ​glass or ​paper, that can be used again

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"reclaim" in Business English

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reclaimverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​importtax on such ​goods. It was seen as an attempt by the ​formerchairman to reclaim ​power.
ENVIRONMENT to make ​land, such as desert or ​areascovered by water, suitable for ​farming or ​building on: The ​lawrequiresminingcompanies to reclaim and replant the ​land.
ENVIRONMENT to get useful ​materials from ​waste: There are new ​techniques for reclaiming water from ​humanwaste.
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