claim

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

Essential Meaning of claim

1 : to say that (something) is true when some people may say it is not true The man claimed (that) he was a long-lost relative. They claim (that) the drug prevents hair loss. She claims (that) the landlord owes her money.
2 : to say that you have (something) He claims a connection to British royalty. The organization claims 10,000 members. He claimed ignorance of the robbery. [=he said that he had no knowledge about the robbery]
3 : to say that (something) belongs to you or that you deserve (something) The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. New Yorkers proudly claim the artist as one of their own. See More ExamplesBoth of them claimed credit for the idea. No one ever claimed authorship for the poem.Hide

Full 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.

Other Words from claim

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Oregon State could claim the Pac-12 North title and the spot in the championship with a victory over the Ducks. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 27 Nov. 2021 Hickey was the closest thing to that vanishing breed — a public intellectual — that America’s vain world of visual art could claim. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 How could Project Veritas claim the mantle of press freedom in one case while undermining it elsewhere? Matt Ford, The New Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 The exhibition doesn’t claim to predict what will happen, but rather asks visitors to engage with a range of possibilities—and, most important, to craft those possibilities themselves. Lonnie G. Bunch Iii, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 Surveys can only claim to represent the opinions of an entire population when everyone in that population has an equal chance to take the poll. Kristin Brey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2021 By that metric, Biden can rightly claim that the additional $550 billion in infrastructure spending would be more than double the cost of the highway system when adjusted by inflation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 By that metric, Biden can rightly claim that the additional $550 billion in infrastructure spending would be more than double the cost of the highway system when adjusted by inflation. Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2021 By that metric, Biden can rightly claim that the additional $550 billion in infrastructure spending would be more than double the cost of the highway system when adjusted by inflation. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Weibo, some users see the case as an opportunity to advance Beijing's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan. Wayne Chang And Nectar Gan, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021 Even a legitimate claim of executive privilege may not always prevail in court. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The jury found that plaintiffs' lawyers had proven a claim of racial or religious violence under a Virginia law. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Video and testimony from some of the prosecution’s own witnesses seemed to buttress Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense. Michael Tarm, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 Nor did the department respond to Van Duyne's claim of alleged stonewalling. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 18 Nov. 2021 Prosecutors focused their closing arguments on disputing the claim of self-defense. CBS News, 16 Nov. 2021 Authorities wounded, killed or arrested an unknown number of protesters; estimates of the death toll range from China’s official count of 200 to student leaders’ claim of up to 3,400. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2021 In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger challenged Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense in gunning down Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36. NBC News, 15 Nov. 2021

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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 entry 3

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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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