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verb \ˈklām\

Simple Definition of claim

  • : to say that (something) is true when some people may say it is not true

  • : to say that you have (something)

  • : to say that (something) belongs to you or that you deserve (something)

Full Definition of claim

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to ask for especially as a right <claimed the inheritance> b :  to call for :  require <this matter claims our attention> c :  take 16b <the accident claimed her life>

  3. 2 :  to take as the rightful owner

  4. 3 a :  to assert in the face of possible contradiction :  maintain <claimed that he'd been cheated> b :  to claim to have <organization … which claims 11,000 … members — Rolling Stone> c :  to assert to be rightfully one's own <claimed responsibility for the attack>

claim·able play \ˈklā-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of claim

  1. He claims a connection to British royalty.

  2. The organization claims 10,000 members.

  3. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

  4. New Yorkers proudly claim the artist as one of their own.

  5. Both of them claimed credit for the idea.

  6. No one ever claimed authorship for the poem.

  7. You should claim compensation for the hours you worked.

  8. No heirs came forward to claim the inheritance.

Origin of claim

Middle English, from Anglo-French claimer, clamer, from Latin clamare to cry out, shout; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of claim

demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands <demanded payment of the debt>. claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right <claimed the right to manage his own affairs>. require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation <the patient requires constant attention>. exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands <exacts absolute loyalty>.




Simple Definition of claim

  • : a statement saying that something happened a certain way or will happen a certain way : a statement saying that something is true when some people may say it is not true

  • : an official request for something (such as money) that is owed to you or that you believe is owed to you

  • : a right to have something

Full Definition of claim

  1. 1 :  a demand for something due or believed to be due <an insurance claim>

  2. 2 a :  a right to something; specifically :  a title to a debt, privilege, or other thing in the possession of another b :  an assertion open to challenge <a claim of authenticity>

  3. 3 :  something that is claimed; especially :  a tract of land staked out

Examples of claim

  1. She makes the claim that sea levels will actually go down.

  2. He made false claims about his past job experience.

  3. You'll need to file an insurance claim to pay for the damage.

  4. make a claim on your insurance policy

  5. All claims must be made in writing.

14th Century

First Known Use of claim

14th century

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