\ ˈklām How to pronounce claim (audio) \
claimed; claiming; claims

Definition of claim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to ask for especially as a right claimed the inheritance The driver claimed the right to a hearing.
b : to call for : require this matter claims our attention
c : take sense 16b the accident claimed her life
2 : to take as the rightful owner claimed her baggage and left the airport
3a : to assert in the face of possible contradiction : maintain claimed that he'd been cheated is claimed to cause weight loss
b : to claim to have organization … which claims 11,000 … membersRolling Stone
c : to assert to be rightfully one's own claimed responsibility for the attack



Definition of claim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a demand for something due or believed to be due an insurance claim
2a : a right to something specifically : a title to a debt, privilege, or other thing in the possession of another The bank has a claim on their house.
b : an assertion open to challenge a claim of authenticity advertisers' extravagant claims
3 : something that is claimed especially : a tract of land staked out The prospector's claim was set at 90 yards to reduce the potential for conflict.

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claimable \ ˈklā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce claimable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of claim in a Sentence

Verb He claims a connection to British royalty. The organization claims 10,000 members. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. New Yorkers proudly claim the artist as one of their own. Both of them claimed credit for the idea. No one ever claimed authorship for the poem. You should claim compensation for the hours you worked. No heirs came forward to claim the inheritance. Noun She makes the claim that sea levels will actually go down. He made false claims about his past job experience. You'll need to file an insurance claim to pay for the damage. make a claim on your insurance policy All claims must be made in writing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Austin scientists project the disease could claim 1,000 more Texans by the end of the month. Dallas News, "Texas passes 1 million COVID cases, and experts warn of surge ‘unlike anything we have seen’," 13 Nov. 2020 But back to that barn, where Eugene makes the momentous decision not to turn Allison in and claim the money, which could save his family’s farm. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Margot Robbie’s glamour cuts through the dust in ‘Dreamland’," 13 Nov. 2020 But the operations have done nothing to claw back the islets and waters that five Southeast Asian nations and Taiwan claim Beijing has usurped. Los Angeles Times, "Sunken boats. Stolen gear. Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea," 12 Nov. 2020 What happened next, the filings claim, is something a state investigation already uncovered: students who would have been freshmen then never made up their credits by 2019, for a variety of reasons. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer,, "New court documents allege years of mismanagement, more grade-fixing at Kennedy High School," 12 Nov. 2020 That was the indirect cause of the accident, a letter, a letter from a person who does not exist, who never existed, no matter what others believe, claim, insinuate. Seija Rankin,, "First look: Laura Lippman's Dream Girl is the book version of the mind-blown emoji," 12 Nov. 2020 County officials also have estimated fewer than 200 ballots are at issue in the presidential race, not the thousands the plaintiffs claim. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Trump team lawsuit over Maricopa County votes heads to court Thursday. Here's what to know," 12 Nov. 2020 Sobel imagined the new White House might take steps to limit cases in which an employer can claim a moral exemption from contraceptive coverage. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Health care: What Joe Biden can accomplish even with a GOP-controlled Senate," 12 Nov. 2020 These startups claim remote monitoring is safer amid the pandemic, and helps people avoid violating parole conditions. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Apps Are Now Putting the Parole Agent in Your Pocket," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arizona Cardinals refute claim that Kyler Murray is 'not a leader of men' ASU vs. California canceled; Herm Edwards among positive tests Is 'fast' and 'explosive' Kira Lewis future answer for Phoenix Suns at point guard? Joshua Iversen, The Arizona Republic, "Northland Prep girls, Blue Ridge boys win 2A soccer titles," 14 Nov. 2020 The vials are on sale for five bitcoin, or about $77,000, hawked by its seller with an apocalyptic claim. Kartikay Mehrotra,, "Dark Web Has Become a Marketplace for ‘Vaccines’ and Other Pandemic Scams," 11 Nov. 2020 The top scientific journal Nature Medicine published a study on Oct. 23 with an astounding claim: By simply wearing masks at higher rates, Americans could prevent as many as 130,000 Covid-19 fatalities by the end of February 2021. Phillip W. Magness, WSJ, "Case for Mask Mandate Rests on Bad Data," 11 Nov. 2020 Those who completed only some college or less were far more likely to file an unemployment claim in recent months. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Most young adults in Dallas County don’t earn a living wage. This new initiative wants to help," 11 Nov. 2020 Further debunking Trump's claim is the fact that mail-in voters, especially in vital swing states, were projected to vote for Biden. TheWeek, "Trump blames nonexistent 'surprise ballot dumps' for growing Biden margins," 4 Nov. 2020 Facebook and Twitter on early Wednesday warned social media users that President Donald Trump's claim regarding the election results is potentially misleading. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Facebook, Twitter label Trump claims over ‘stealing the election’ as potentially misleading," 4 Nov. 2020 Many of the protesters were galvanized by an unfounded claim that swaths of pro-Trump ballots had been disqualified because voters used Sharpies to mark their choices. Washington Post, "Driven by unfounded ‘Sharpiegate’ rumor, pro-Trump protesters mass outside Arizona poll-counting center," 4 Nov. 2020 Although the notice is framed as a DMCA issue, the takedown notice from the RIAA, dated Friday, does not make claim that YouTube-dl is an act of copyright infringement. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "GitHub boots popular YouTube download tool after RIAA claim," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of claim


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for claim

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French claimer, clamer, from Latin clamare to cry out, shout; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low entry 3

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The first known use of claim was in the 14th century

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18 Nov 2020

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“Claim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of claim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of claim (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈklām How to pronounce claim (audio) \
claimed; claiming

Kids Definition of claim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : to take as the rightful owner I claimed my luggage at the airport.
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 : to cause the end or death of The disease claimed many lives.



Kids Definition of claim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a demand for something owed or believed to be owed an insurance claim
2 : a right to something He has a claim to the family fortune.
3 : something (as an area of land) claimed as someone's own a prospector's claim
4 : a statement that others may dispute Do you believe his outrageous claims?



Legal Definition of claim

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 : a title to something (as a debt or privilege) in the possession of another assigned her claim to the proceeds
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 sense 1 a plaintiff stating a claim for negligence — see also res judicata

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 : 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

Other Words from claim

claim transitive verb

History and Etymology for claim

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

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