\ˈklām \
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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Other Words from claim


claimable \ˈklā-​mə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess, protest, purport, warrant

Synonyms: Noun

call, dibs, pretense (or pretence), pretension, right

Antonyms: Verb

deny, gainsay

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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


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.


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

Elsewhere, Samsung is claiming the Exynos 9820’s fourth-generation custom CPU cores will provide a 20-percent boost to conventional single-core performance and 15-percent in multi-core or a 40-percent improvement in power efficiency. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Samsung’s next flagship processor has an NPU for on-device AI," 14 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, even as liberal analysts and activists lament some of Tuesday’s outcomes, not only the President, but groups like Susan B. Anthony List, which promotes antiabortion women candidates for public office, are claiming victory. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 Overall, the company is claiming about a 20-percent performance improvement over the current Xeon SPs and 240 percent over AMD's Epyc, with bigger gains coming in workloads that are particularly memory bandwidth intensive. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket," 5 Nov. 2018 From upcoming shows such as Charmed to fan favorites including On My Block and Jane the Virgin, Latinx actors are finally claiming roles that portray well-rounded people with a variety of storylines and life experiences. Teen Vogue, "28 Latinx Actors You May Not Know About but Should," 3 Oct. 2018 The second allows small businesses and nonprofit companies to claim a non-religious moral conviction to exempt them from the mandate as well. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "Here's What Trump's Final Rules on Birth Control Coverage Mean for You," 13 Nov. 2018 And when donating to charities, don’t forget to get a receipt to claim a tax deduction. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to donate furniture and household items," 8 Nov. 2018 Bizarrely, the Konami soccer game PES 2019, which launched at a standard $60 retail price point in August, is also free to claim as of today. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "As PUBG for PS4 looms, Xbox unofficially responds: have the game for free," 7 Nov. 2018 And by framing this as an attempt to help the Saudi people — no matter his frustrations with its unelected royal family — Son is belatedly trying to claim some moral high ground. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Masayoshi Son finally spoke about the murder of a Saudi Arabian dissident.," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The magazine also quoted an anonymous source that reportedly stood by the claims. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Shuts Down Tabloid Report About Alleged Joanna Gaines Feud," 20 Nov. 2018 Now) Most all-in-one beauty products fall short of their ambitious claims. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "The 14 Best Curly Hair Products of 2018," 13 Sep. 2018 Although the company was rumored to have be in acquisition talked with Snap in 2017, a spokesperson denied the claims to The Verge. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The makers of the selfie drone camera are Kickstarting its sequel, the Hover 2," 14 Nov. 2018 The new claims come after 51 women came forward back in July. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "93 More Women Have Accused Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall of Sexual Abuse," 20 Oct. 2018 The pride Kavanaugh takes in his background should do little to dispel the claims against him. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 But Evergrande reneged on the deal, lawyers for Faraday Future claim, which is why — exhausted of cash and facing layoffs — the startup eventually brought the emergency arbitration case in Hong Kong. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future says its main investor is ‘deliberately starving’ it into bankruptcy," 9 Nov. 2018 So Trump’s claim to not know Whitaker appears to be an outright lie. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s dishonest, incoherent defense of naming Matt Whitaker acting attorney general," 9 Nov. 2018 That's in keeping with EnChroma's claims on its website (and Schmeder's statement to Ars Technica), as well as Veronin's first-hand experience. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness," 6 Nov. 2018

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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


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


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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 \
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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