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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>


play \ˈklā-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of claim in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

CLAIM Defined for Kids



verb \ˈklām\

Definition of claim for Students



  1. 1 :  to ask for as something that is a right or is deserved <claim an inheritance> <Be sure to claim credit for your idea.>

  2. 2 :  to take as the rightful owner <I claimed my luggage at the airport.>

  3. 3 :  to state as a fact :  insist to be true <“But our friend the Woggle-Bug claims to be highly educated …” — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz>

  4. 4 :  to cause the end or death of <The disease claimed many lives.>




Definition of claim for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a right to something <He has a claim to the family fortune.>

  3. 3 :  something (as an area of land) claimed as someone's own <a prospector's claim>

  4. 4 :  a statement that others may dispute <Do you believe his outrageous claims?>

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of claim

  1. 1a :  a demand for something (as money) due or believed to be due; specifically :  a demand for a benefit (as under the workers' compensation law) or contractual payment (as under an insurance policy) b :  a paper embodying such a demand <filing a claim with the court>

  2. 2 :  a title to something (as a debt or privilege) in the possession of another <assigned her claim to the proceeds>

  3. 3a :  a right to seek a judicial remedy arising from a wrong or injury suffered <a plaintiff who has been injured in an accident has…one claim for a broken arm, another for a ruptured spleen, and so forth — J. H. Friedenthal et al.>; also :  the formal assertion of such a right <bringing a claim in the district court> b :  cause of action 1 <a plaintiff stating a claim for negligence> — see also res judicata Editor's note: A cause of action may encompass more than one claim as the term is used in sense 3a. Claim is often used to mean cause of action, however, especially in modern federal practice. c :  a right to payment or to an equitable remedy as set forth in the Bankruptcy Code — see also proof of claim

  4. 4 :  a formal assertion made by an applicant for a patent of the novelty and patentability of an invention with a description of the invention and its purpose


transitive verb

Origin and Etymology of claim

Old French, from clamer to call, claim, from Latin clamare to shout, proclaim

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