claim

1 of 2

verb

claimed; claiming; claims

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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 … members Rolling Stone
c
: to assert to be rightfully one's own
claimed responsibility for the attack
claimable adjective

claim

2 of 2

noun

1
: a demand for something due or believed to be due
an insurance claim
2
a
: 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.
Choose the Right Synonym for claim

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The states claim Biden's policy forced them to spend more money on law enforcement, healthcare and education. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 The Cat Ladies claim that this blend adds important nutrients to your cat’s diet including wheat grass, oat, barley and rye, as well as promoting healthy digestion and keeping hairballs at bay. Jacorey Moon, Good Housekeeping, 26 Nov. 2022 Others claim long-term durability issues and the potential for this pull-up bar model to mark up your door frame. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 25 Nov. 2022 But Disney insiders now claim that Iger’s ultimate goal might be to sell the company, with Apple being the most likely buyer. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Nov. 2022 Politicians still claim their medium-term plan is to ramp up renewables such as wind and solar. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 Several recent studies claim to show that decarbonizing the grid in the nearish future is feasible. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 The lawsuits also reportedly claim the products' packaging didn't state any risk. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 Trump and his supporters already claim that Biden has weaponized the department to target his chief political enemy. Glenn Thrush, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022
Noun
Critics of the Haitian government fear that the arrival of foreign forces would only strengthen a tenuous claim to power by Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has run the country for more than a year without being confirmed by Parliament. Natalie Kitroeff Adriana Zehbrauskas, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Ownership over the Spratly Islands is disputed with China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all laying claim to some or all of the islands and regional reefs. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 29 Nov. 2022 After an epiphany — what about a strip club for women? — Steve teams up with big-talking choreographer Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett), whose biggest claim to fame is a pair of Emmys for a kids show called Unicorn Tales. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Carey’s claim to the Christmas throne seemed legitimate. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Frank Perdue had funded the exhibition, and had first claim to what was recovered. Town & Country, 11 Nov. 2022 Justice Department lawyers have argued Trump has no plausible claim to the documents. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2022 DeSantis’ big night solidifies what some feel is a compelling claim to front-runner status for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, on what turned out to be a strong election night for Republicans in the state. CNN, 9 Nov. 2022 Ukraine laid claim to an attack on a Russian base in the occupied Kherson region. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near claim

Cite this Entry

“Claim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claim. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

claim

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to ask for as rightfully belonging to oneself
claim an inheritance
b
: to call for : require
business that claims attention
2
: to put an end to life : take
an accident claimed his life
3
a
: to state as a fact : maintain
claimed to have been cheated
b
: to make a claim
claimed to know nothing about it
claimable adjective
claimer noun

claim

2 of 2 noun
1
: a demand for something due or believed to be due
an insurance claim
2
a
: a right or title to something
b
: a statement that may be doubted
a claim of authenticity
3
: something claimed
especially : an area of land marked out by a settler or prospector

Legal Definition

claim

noun
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
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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