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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An Ohio man who claimed last week to be a missing child was ordered Tuesday by a federal magistrate judge in Cincinnati to be detained without bond pending a trial. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Man Claiming He Was Missing Boy Timmothy Pitzen Detained by Judge Without Bond," 9 Apr. 2019 It's alleged that Loughlin and Giannulli paid a $500,000 bribe so that Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose could be admitted to USC as recruits for USC's crew team, although prosecutors claim that neither of the girls is actually a rower. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin's Daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli Are Reportedly Leaving USC After College Admissions Scandal," 15 Mar. 2019 The email claims the home sleeps six, with a king-size bed in the master suite and two additional bedrooms with queen beds. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Secretly Opened a Third Vacation Rental," 26 Feb. 2019 Prosecutors’ court filings in December backed up Cohen’s claims. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 China doesn’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula—just as Russia doesn’t endorse China’s claims to contested islands in the South China Sea and continues to sell weapons to China’s regional rivals, India and Vietnam. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 Contrary to Trump’s claims, these unions aren’t egging the shutdown on so much as aggressively urging the president and Congress to work toward a solution that would reopen the government. Li Zhou, Vox, "Senators are getting paid during the government shutdown. Many low-wage contractors aren’t.," 27 Dec. 2018 In the 1950s, as the artist worked on The Women of Algiers, a series of massive canvases inspired by Delacroix (one of them, Version ‘O,’ would claim a record-breaking $179,365,000 at auction in 2015), Maya was about 19. Marley Marius, Vogue, "On the Heels of an $88 Million Picasso Sale, Olivier Widmaier Picasso Talks Art, Life, and His Very Famous Grandfather," 12 Nov. 2018 In the Northern part of the state, the Camp Fire in Paradise claimed 29 lives, and over 6,700 homes and businesses have burned down. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's What You Can Do To Help People Who Have Lost Their Homes In The California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of those graves were plundered centuries ago, largely by enemy tribes seeking to stake a claim on the territory by desecrating the Scythians’ burial sites. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 On international itineraries, passengers may be able to recover reimbursement under Article 19 of the Montreal Convention for expenses resulting from a delayed or canceled flight by filing a claim with the airline. Eric Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do When Your Flight Is Canceled or Delayed," 20 Nov. 2018 That would put HP’s eye-popping claim of 22.5 hours of battery life closer to 18 hours—still a massive amount. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 Thus the claim is that because taxpayers can deduct only $10,000 in state and local taxes from their federal returns, America is heading for a recession. Rick Scott, WSJ, "Why New Yorkers Flee for Florida," 20 Mar. 2019 And there's a lot of evidence to back up that claim. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About the Climate Change March," 14 Mar. 2019 Some of China Times’ reported claims are flatly untrue. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China: Our Hypersonic Missiles Can Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers," 23 Jan. 2019 Aluminum travel trunks are one of RIMOWA's biggest claims to fame, sold now for 82 years in various iterations. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "RIMOWA's New Pop-Up Is One More Reason to Visit Aspen This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 In a rare move, Kensington Palace has formally denied the claims, according to The Sun. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kensington Palace Officially Denies Rumors That Royal Baby Will Be Raised Gender Fluid," 3 Mar. 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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