domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tame

(verb) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; “He tames lions for the circus”; “reclaim falcons”


(verb) make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state; “The people reclaimed the marshes”

reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify

(verb) 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”

reclaim, recover

(verb) reuse (materials from waste products)

reclaim, repossess

(verb) claim back

Source: WordNet® 3.1



reclaim (third-person singular simple present reclaims, present participle reclaiming, simple past and past participle reclaimed)

(transitive) To return land to a suitable condition for use.

(transitive) To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.

(transitive) To claim something back; to repossess.

(transitive, dated) To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.

(transitive, archaic) To tame or domesticate a wild animal.

(transitive, archaic) To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.

(transitive, archaic) To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.

(obsolete, rare) To draw back; to give way.

(intransitive, legal, Scotland) To appeal from the Lord Ordinary to the inner house of the Court of Session.


reclaim (plural reclaims)

(obsolete, falconry) The calling back of a hawk.

(obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.

An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.


• Maricle, Miracle, Ramciel, car mile, claimer, miracle

Source: Wiktionary

Re*claim", v. t.

Definition: To claim back; to demand the return of as a right; to attempt to recover possession of. A tract of land [Holland] snatched from an element perpetually reclaiming its prior occupancy. W. Coxe.

Re*claim", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reclaimed; p. pr. & vb. n. Reclaiming.] Etym: [F. réclamer, L. reclamare, reclamatum, to cry out against; pref. re- re- + clamare to call or cry aloud. See Claim.]

1. To call back, as a hawk to the wrist in falconry, by a certain customary call. Chaucer.

2. To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting. The headstrong horses hurried Octavius . . . along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them. Dryden.

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.

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.

5. To call back to rectitude from moral wandering or transgression; to draw back to correct deportment or course of life; to reform. It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind. Rogers.

6. To correct; to reform; -- said of things. [Obs.] Your error, in time reclaimed, will be venial. Sir E. Hoby.

7. To exclaim against; to gainsay. [Obs.] Fuller.


– To reform; recover; restore; amend; correct.

Re*claim", v. i.

1. To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions. Scripture reclaims, and the whole Catholic church reclaims, and Christian ears would not hear it. Waterland. At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton. Bain.

2. To bring anyone back from evil courses; to reform. They, hardened more by what might most reclaim, Grieving to see his glory . . . took envy. Milton.

3. To draw back; to give way. [R. & Obs.] Spenser.

Re*claim", n.

Definition: The act of reclaiming, or the state of being reclaimed; reclamation; recovery. [Obs.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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