\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

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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

To claim tax benefits, investors must put capital gains into special funds, which must keep at least 90% of their investments in stock, partnership interests or business property in these qualifying areas. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 After a physical skirmish ensued, TMZ continues to claim that YG picked up the necklace medallion straight off the floor before fleeing the scene, according to surveillance footage. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "YG Arrested in Las Vegas For Felony Robbery Charges: Report," 13 July 2018 Then last year, Mulder posted 73 points and fellow former MLB pitcher Lowe (Dearborn Edsel Ford) and tennis star Mardy Fish by 11 to claim his unprecedented third title and the annual $125,000 purse. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mark Mulder (MSU) eyes 4-peat at Tahoe celebrity golf tournament," 10 July 2018 And what better way to claim their status within the hierarchy of the arts than to stand amongst Western fine art's greatest hits when delivering their own greatest hit? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "You Can Now Visit All the Paintings of “Apeshit” in a Beyoncé and Jay-Z Inspired Tour of the Louvre Museum," 6 July 2018 After two decades of trying to shrink his experience into nothing, of making believe his gunshot was only a scratch, Hollan decided to claim what had happened to him., "Aftermath of gun violence: 'It stays with you'," 3 July 2018 Trump claimed the steel and aluminum tariffs were aimed at ensuring national security by protecting domestic suppliers. Allison Kite, kansascity, "‘In a trade war, everyone loses.’ What Trump’s tariffs mean for Missouri," 2 July 2018 To make matters worse, rival USC has claimed eight league titles during the same stretch. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 Carolyn Donham, one of the men’s wives, had claimed that Till whistled at her outside of a store, and then proceeded to make crude verbal and physical advances towards her. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "The Emmett Till case has been reopened.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After a new Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, assumed office in 2005, the state dropped that claim, which had been filed under Daniels' Democratic predecessor, Gov. Joe Kernan. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cleanups at Pence family's failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions: report," 14 July 2018 Blockchain tech has the potential to prevent fraud, save time and money with efficiency, and improve tracking of everything from digital currency to insurance claims, patient records and product shipments. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Hillard said there are many claims of beneficial effects of hemp oil, but little research has been done using it. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 His claims, while bold, do not come altogether unmerited., "'One of the Best on the Planet': Liverpool Defender Makes Bold Claim After Croatia's World Cup Win," 12 July 2018 That is because enforcing such a narrow definition of impeachment would rest on Mr Dershowitz’s second claim—that impeachment proceedings may be subject to judicial review. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 Everything claims to enhance radiance and luminosity. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "A Celebrity Dermatologist’s Science-Based Skin-Care Routine," 12 July 2018 While Jones stands by her decision to air the allegation in the film, Cissy, in conjunction with her niece Dionne, has issued the following emotional statement, revealing their deep concerns about the claim, and the film as a whole. Liz Mcneil,, "Read Cissy Houston's Emotional Full Statement About Claim That Whitney Houston Was Molested," 11 July 2018 The claims, which were tied to multiple detention centers, were supported by five legal aid workers, four medical workers, and two advocates who work with ICE detainees. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'claim.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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


see claim entry 1


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

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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

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