\ 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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Other Words from claim


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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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


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.


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

Congress could also pass a new law altering the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or IEEPA, that Trump is citing to claim the authority for these particular tariffs. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are Coming: Why It's So Hard to Stop Them," 7 June 2019 D’Hanis defeated Chireno last week to claim its state title in softball. David Hinojosa,, "D’Hanis shuts out New Home to claim 1A state title," 6 June 2019 But the company boasts reviews that are overwhelmingly positive, barring one recent music-licensing snafu, after which some users claimed the app’s music quality declined. Madeleine Laplante-dube, Outside Online, "Peloton Filed for an IPO," 6 June 2019 There’s no proof that ASMR is an antidote for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or insomnia, as some users claim. Karen Pallarito,, "How Does ASMR Work? The Science Behind Those Brain-Tingling Sounds," 6 June 2019 The House Speaker also claimed that Trump is obstructing justice by refusing to honor subpoenas. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 2 May 2019 Contrary to what many cellulite creams claim, Graf doesn't believe toxins cause cellulite. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Possible to Get Rid of Cellulite? Here's What Dermatologists Say," 24 May 2019 Boston would claim its 13th championship this century if the Bruins take the Cup, surpassing New York’s 12 total titles won between 1968 and 1987. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "The Championships Keep Piling Up in Boston," 24 May 2019 There was controversy within the organization after Russia took over the Crimea region in neighboring Ukraine, claiming it as its own. Mythili Sampathkumar, Teen Vogue, "Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Talks Hope, History, Activism, and the “New Cold War”," 22 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The national average is 10 years between claims and 19 hard braking events. Cameron Knight,, "Cincinnati drivers are bad, and the city is worse than the suburbs, Allstate says," 10 June 2019 The couple claims they were defrauded of more than $6 million, paying far more than wholesale and costs. The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common. Washington Post, "Drew Brees, wife suing jeweler over value of diamonds," 9 June 2019 The claims have been repeated by Purple for Parents, which is a countermovement formed in opposition to teacher walkouts. Annalee Monroe, azcentral, "Are Arizona public school districts hoarding hundreds of millions of dollars?," 9 June 2019 Karim was previously suspended for 180 days as FIFA investigated the claims of abuse between 2013 and 2018. Steve Almasy And Matias Grez, CNN, "FIFA bans ex-Afghanistan Football Federation president for life over abuse allegations," 8 June 2019 The city denied the claim and the lawsuit was settled in 2017. Jason Henry, The Mercury News, "How Inglewood sidestepped voters when it took on millions in debt to cover up a deficit, then gave raises for executives," 8 June 2019 And there was a growing mistrust of the political class in general, after dubious expense claims by lawmakers were the subject of a lengthy newspaper exposé in 2009. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 Pentagon officials believe Iran was behind recent attacks on oil tankers, a Saudi oil pipeline and the Green Zone diplomatic compound in Bagdhad, though the U.S. hasn’t published evidence for the claims. Alyza Sebenius, Fortune, "Trump: There's 'Always a Chance' of War With Iran," 5 June 2019 The now-infamous battle of the Lukes kicked into high gear after Luke S. and Luke P. got into a squabble during a rugby game (yes, really) during which the former claims the latter lifted him off the ground and body-slammed him. Cait Munro,, "Does Luke S. From The Bachelorette Even Have A Tequila Brand?," 5 June 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

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

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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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