claim

verb
\ 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

claim

noun

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

Verb

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

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

Trump supporters who were roughed up by protesters sued the city and police, claiming officers put them in danger and then failed to protect them. Trapper Byrne, SFChronicle.com, "Trump expected to come to Bay Area on Tuesday," 16 Sep. 2019 That same year, the United States reneged on the 1868 treaty for the second time, officially and unilaterally claiming the Black Hills. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 If Fields is not claimed on waivers, a source said the Vikings are expected to re-sign him to the 53-man roster or the practice squad. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings sign LB Devante Downs off practice squad, waive CB Mark Fields," 14 Sep. 2019 The Rawhide defeated the Lake Elsinore Storm, 4-3, and can claim the series with a win in Game 4 on Saturday. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver cruises in minor-league playoff game, still hoping for return," 14 Sep. 2019 Spurs' interest in Gray is thought to be more long lasting, with former Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare previously claiming that Pochettino wanted to sign the England Under-21 international as early as 2016. SI.com, "Tottenham to Keep Close Eye on Leicester Trio Throughout Premier League Season," 17 Sep. 2019 The Houthis claimed to have used 10 drones in the Saturday attack; US officials said that there were 17 points of impact. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 Marlins: Miami claimed LHP Josh Smith off off waivers from Cleveland and threw a scoreless eighth inning. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 The Chiefs were 6½-point favorites in their Week 13 meeting last year, a back-and-forth classic that Kansas City claimed in overtime, 27-24 — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s lone regular-season loss as a starter. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens are touchdown underdogs (again) in return to Kansas City, but high-scoring game expected," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

County police have concluded the investigation into a claim by Patterson High School’s Vance Benton that he was insulted and demeaned by the officer. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "White Baltimore County officer disciplined after black city school principal alleges police verbally abused him," 17 Sep. 2019 However, Juventus director Fabio Paratici denied these claims and confirmed that the forward has accepted a move to a Qatari club, as reported by Football Italia. SI.com, "Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic Heading to Qatar After Rejecting Offers From MLS," 14 Sep. 2019 The company said these claims were based on payments made by insurance companies to individuals and businesses with insurance coverage for wildfire damages. NBC News, "PG&E reaches $11 billion settlement relating to wildfire claims," 13 Sep. 2019 These claims included comments about the economy, healthcare and other topics that are likely to become major issues during the 2020 election. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Fact-Checking the Candidates From the Third Democratic Presidential Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Most of these claims have a commonality -- the Virgin Mary. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 Cases like this have led to a moral panic about whether TikTok is promoting bullying, hate-speech and child abuse, and sharing user data with China (a claim the company has denied). Snigdha Poonam, 1843, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 12 Sep. 2019 Brazilian researchers teamed up with Murton's MarineE-tech project to examine an area in international waters where the country has a preliminary mining claim. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 However, in the US, which was spared the worst of the storm, the president’s insistence on a previously unsupported claim that Dorian would impact Alabama appears to have led to a different kind of frightening development. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Orwell’s fictional Ministry of Truth just became real at the NOAA," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of claim

Verb

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

Noun

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

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claim

verb

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)

claim

noun

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

claim

verb
\ 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.

claim

noun

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?

claim

noun

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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