\ 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.

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claimable \ ˈklā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce claimable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of late in the evening, Saturday seemed about to claim the title of 2020’s coldest day here, a fitting distinction for a day that displayed almost everything winter offers, from snow to sleet to ice to gloom. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "January’s coldest day had gloom to spare and a little of everything else," 19 Jan. 2020 That allows firms to claim renewable-energy credits based on the capacity of a solar or wind farm, which often matches a buyer’s annual demand. Emre Peker, WSJ, "U.S. Companies Fuel Europe’s Green-Energy Push," 19 Jan. 2020 Even after winning the election, Mr. Trump continued to claim that Mrs. Clinton had somehow robbed Mr. Sanders of victory. New York Times, "How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders," 17 Jan. 2020 However, Natiivo is being permitted as a hotel, so buyers will not be able to claim this as their permanent residence. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Hotel-condo hybrid is coming to Austin. Take a look around," 16 Jan. 2020 The White House officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, reiterated the president's intention to claim executive privilege if necessary to block Bolton from testifying. Ben Tracy And Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "White House expects GOP defections on calling witnesses in Senate impeachment trial," 14 Jan. 2020 Before many judges even had a chance to weigh their bail decisions under the law, which went into effect in January, opponents were already using high-profile acts of violence to claim that reform had gone too far. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Cash Bail Was Never About Safety," 10 Jan. 2020 For years, the Trump administration had asked migrants wanting to claim asylum in the U.S. to present themselves at ports of entry. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Apprehensions continue rising despite crackdown on asylum at the Arizona border," 9 Jan. 2020 The latest one seems to have claimed the scalp of the country’s education minister, Maszlee Malik, who resigned on January 2nd. The Economist, "The prawn behind the rock Enthusiasm for an archaic script frightens Malaysia’s minorities," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Within minutes of the filings, Trump tweeted out a claim about his popularity among Republicans and an attack on the Democratic presidential nomination process. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "House Democrats call Trump a 'danger' to U.S. national security in formal argument for his removal," 18 Jan. 2020 Shipley and Swinson could stake a claim for early action with a strong spring but will be contending with DJ Johnson and Adrian Jackson, among others. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks welcome 8 early enrollees," 18 Jan. 2020 Long before those nefariously deployed Apple Watches in the dugout, and even before deflated footballs and Spygate, Boston had a strong claim to the title of most crooked city in the land. Dugan Arnett,, "Is Boston the nation’s cheating capital?," 16 Jan. 2020 Good enough to maybe stake a claim to the AP No. 1 ranking with a win in Lawrence. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Baylor’s early conference wins turn heads around the Big 12," 10 Jan. 2020 With his staunch commitment to humor and vernacular values, Selvon stakes out a claim against respectability. Dohra Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "A Lark in West Indian London," 10 Jan. 2020 Gen X has too low an opinion of itself to make so grand a claim. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Why We Can’t Sleep Is a Portrait of Gen X at Midlife," 7 Jan. 2020 Now, survivors can file a claim up until their 40th birthday. Sarah Midkiff,, "Leaving Neverland Accusers Can Sue For Sexual Abuse, After A Change To This California Law," 6 Jan. 2020 Information on filing a claim is available online via the City Clerk's Office. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee residents trying to clean up after water main break destroys furnaces, belongings," 31 Dec. 2019

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

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

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“Claim.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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)



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


\ 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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