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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RECLAIM

Now, there is nothing a woman likes so much as to reclaim a man.

Yet it must be said too, that if there be a woman in the world that can reclaim him, it is you.

This man did his best to reclaim young Badman, and was particularly kind to him.

His friends at Government House, bewildered at this change in him, sought to reclaim him.

I cannot tell how she feels toward him; I know she has often tried to reclaim him from his deviltry.

Every effort was made to check and reclaim him, but he defied them all.

And this is why I have come to warn, to reclaim you, if possible.

The players thus losing their cards may reclaim them at the end of the deal.

The object of the Egyptian laws was to preserve life, and to reclaim an offender.

We try to reclaim the worst criminals, and sometimes we succeed.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "call back a hawk to the glove," from Old French reclamer "to call upon, invoke; claim; seduce; to call back a hawk" (12c.) and directly from Latin reclamare "cry out against, contradict, protest, appeal," from re- "opposite, against" (see re-) + clamare "cry out" (see claim (v.)).

"Call back a hawk," hence "to make tame" (mid-15c.), "subdue, reduce to obedience, make amenable to control" (late 14c.). In many Middle English uses with no sense of return or reciprocation. Meaning "revoke" (a grant, gift, etc.) is from late 15c. That of "recall (someone) from an erring course to a proper state" is mid-15c. Sense of "get back by effort" might reflect influence of claim. Meaning "bring waste land into useful condition fit for cultivation" first attested 1764, probably on notion of "reduce to obedience." Related: Reclaimed; reclaiming.

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