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 for reclaim
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reclaim \Re*claim"\, n.
     The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed;
     reclamation; recovery. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reclaim \Re*claim"\ (r[=e]*kl[=a]m"), v. t.
     To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt
     to recover possession of.
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           A tract of land [Holland] snatched from an element
           perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy. --W. Coxe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reclaim \Re*claim"\ (r[-e]*kl[=a]m"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Reclaimed (r[-e]*kl[=a]md"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reclaiming.]
     [F. r['e]clamer, L. reclamare, reclamatum, to cry out
     against; pref. re- re- + clamare to call or cry aloud. See
     1. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a
        certain customary call. --Chaucer.
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     2. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to,
        for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
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              The headstrong horses hurried Octavius . . . along,
              and were deaf to his reclaiming them. --Dryden.
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     3. To reduce from a wild to a tamed state; to bring under
        discipline; -- said especially of birds trained for the
        chase, but also of other animals. "An eagle well
        reclaimed." --Dryden.
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     4. Hence: To reduce to a desired state by discipline, labor,
        cultivation, or the like; to rescue from being wild,
        desert, waste, submerged, or the like; as, to reclaim wild
        land, overflowed land, etc.
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     5. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or
        transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or
        course of life; to reform.
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              It is the intention of Providence, in all the
              various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim
              mankind.                              --Rogers.
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     6. To correct; to reform; -- said of things. [Obs.]
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              Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial. --Sir
                                                    E. Hoby.
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     7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. [Obs.] --Fuller.
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     Syn: To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reclaim \Re*claim"\ (r[-e]*kl[=a]m"), v. i.
     1. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim
        against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
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              Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church
              reclaims, and Christian ears would not hear it.
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              At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against
              Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton. --Bain.
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     2. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform.
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              They, hardened more by what might most reclaim,
              Grieving to see his glory, . . . took envy.
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     3. To draw back; to give way. [R. & Obs.] --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: claim back [syn: reclaim, repossess]
      2: reuse (materials from waste products) [syn: reclaim,
      3: bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of
         life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed
         me"; "reform your conduct" [syn: reform, reclaim,
         regenerate, rectify]
      4: make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated
         state; "The people reclaimed the marshes"
      5: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He
         tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn:
         domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "reclaim":
     abet, aid, amend, assist, avail, bail out, bear a hand, befriend,
     benefit, comfort, do good, doctor, ease, favor, get back,
     give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give help, help,
     lend a hand, lend one aid, new-model, proffer aid, protect, rally,
     ransom, re-form, recapture, recondition, reconstruct, recoup,
     recover, recuperate, recycle, redeem, reeducate, refashion, reform,
     regain, regenerate, rehabilitate, reinstruct, rejuvenate, relieve,
     remedy, remodel, render assistance, renew, renovate, reoccupy,
     repatriate, replevin, replevy, repossess, rescue, reshape,
     restitute, restore, restore self-respect, resume, resuscitate,
     retake, retrieve, revindicate, revive, salvage, save, set straight,
     set up, succor, take back, take in tow, win back

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RECLAIM. To demand again, to insist upon a right; as, when a defendant for a 
  consideration received from the plaintiff, has covenanted to do an act, and 
  fails to do it, the plaintiff may bring covenant for the breach, or 
  assumpsit to reclaim the consideration. 1 Caines, 47. 

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