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Recycle vs Reclaim - What's the difference?

recycle | reclaim |

In transitive terms the difference between recycle and reclaim

is that recycle is to collect or place in a bin for recycling while reclaim is to tame or domesticate a wild animal.

As a noun reclaim is

the calling back of a hawk.




(Recycling) (recycl)
  • To break down and reuse component materials.
  • Recycled paper.
    Recycled plastic.
  • To reuse as a whole.
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Jokes are recycled so frequently, it’s as if comedy writing was eating a hole in the ozone layer: If the audience had a nickel for every time a character on one side of the frame says something could never happen as it simultaneously happens on the other side of the frame, they’d have enough to pay the surcharge for the movie’s badly implemented 3-D.
  • To collect or place in a bin for recycling.
  • (ergative) To be recycled.
  • Sulfur recycles in the sulfur cycle.

    Derived terms

    * recyclable * recyclability * recycle bin


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    (en verb)
  • (senseid)To return land to a suitable condition for use.
  • To obtain useful products from waste; to recycle.
  • To return someone to a proper course of action, or correct an error; to reform.
  • * Milton
  • They, hardened more by what might most reclaim , / Grieving to see his glory took envy.
  • * Rogers
  • It is the intention of Providence, in all the various expressions of his goodness, to reclaim mankind.
  • * Sir E. Hoby
  • Your error, in time reclaimed , will be venial.
  • To claim something back; to repossess.
  • To tame or domesticate a wild animal.
  • * Dryden
  • an eagle well reclaimed
  • To call back from flight or disorderly action; to call to, for the purpose of subduing or quieting.
  • * Dryden
  • The headstrong horses hurried Octavius along, and were deaf to his reclaiming them.
  • To cry out in opposition or contradiction; to exclaim against anything; to contradict; to take exceptions.
  • * Waterland
  • Scripture reclaims', and the whole Catholic church ' reclaims , and Christian ears would not hear it.
  • * Bain
  • At a later period Grote reclaimed strongly against Mill's setting Whately above Hamilton.
  • (obsolete, rare) To draw back; to give way.
  • (Spenser)


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, falconry) The calling back of a hawk.
  • (obsolete) The bringing back or recalling of a person; the fetching of someone back.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
  • The louing couple need no reskew feare, / But leasure had, and libertie to frame / Their purpost flight, free from all mens reclame [...].
  • An effort to take something back, to reclaim something.
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