\ 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



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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 Dom Cervantes and Robert Pitts each contributed three hits and three RBIs to help the Patriots claim second place in the West Valley League. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The National Rally candidate has presented several flagship proposals, including a bill to drastically limit immigration, the abolition of the right of soil, and restricting the routes for people to claim asylum in France. Byguy Davies, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Barnes, who grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla., helped the Raptors claim the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Paleontologists claim to have found a fossilized leg belonging to a dinosaur that may have perished when an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, reports BBC's Jonathan Amos. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 Warren's letter said three companies claim to have over 90% of the rental car market share in the United States. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Gondzar stressed it is not made of harmful chemicals like some people claim. Jennifer Gray And Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 That said, long-time Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal did claim another MCU trilogy starring Tom Holland is already in the works. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 Mar. 2022 In Oregon, which allows people to claim roadkill with an online form, people must surrender the head and antlers to wildlife authorities within five days but in Wyoming the whole animal is fair game. Mead Gruver, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But at least one local individual can now make that claim, based on videos that surfaced on social media Sunday. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 For the fifth starter spot, the Reds have Triple-A call-up Connor Overton and waiver claim Robert Dugger, who could potentially slide into a full-time role in the rotation. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 7 May 2022 Donald Trump’s claim that Twitter violated his free-speech rights by bumping him off its platform failed to win over a federal judge. Malathi Nayak, Fortune, 6 May 2022 Israel's High Court of Justice Wednesday ruled against the Palestinian villagers, accepting the Israeli state's claim that residents began squatting in the area after it was declared a firing zone by the military in 1981. Abeer Salman, CNN, 6 May 2022 Ravitch had said little publicly, though made a startling — and as yet unsubstantiated claim — that Chelsea and other Premier League teams could be worth more than $10 billion in five years. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 6 May 2022 Poutasi recently reached a settlement with UO for $300,000 in his lawsuit, which was filed a day after Brenner’s initial claim in January 2019. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 But sources Rolling Stone spoke with claim there was also an issue with Thorne preferring to shoot primarily with friends Abella Danger or Malu Trevejo and not wanting to shoot one-on-one with other models. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 The testimony contradicted Heard’s claim that Depp injured her, repeatedly hitting her in the face. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 See More

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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

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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\ 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.



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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