\ 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 The trip preparations suggest that the 69-year-old Mr. Xi is confident about his fortunes at a twice-a-decade congress set to take place this fall, where he is expected to break with recent precedent and claim a third term as Communist Party chief. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The film follows Bruce's attempt to overthrow the English monarchy's rule over Scotland and claim the throne for himself. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Aug. 2022 Their hope is that at least no one seeing the account can claim to be ignorant of the scale of the issue. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 Follow these steps to sign up and claim this $1,000 risk-free bet today: Click HERE to start the registration process. Xl Media, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2022 Back on the menu for Alabama is something more familiar: a preseason No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll, released Monday, and expectations in Las Vegas betting markets that the Tide will claim another national championship in 2022. Mike Rodak |, al, 9 Aug. 2022 Sorry for the lack of drama: Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson may have called it quits, but sources claim that the relationship ended smoothly and naturally. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 9 Aug. 2022 The minimum tax is designed to increase levies on companies that report large profits to shareholders, but can claim many deductions and credits to cut their IRS bills. Laura Davison, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 Massachusetts is also the only state in the nation whose judicial, legislative, and executive branches all claim to be exempt from public records laws. Emma Platoff,, 8 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recent iPhone 14 leaks claim Apple will raise prices, though there is disagreement on how much and which models. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 Flaherty’s claim) or succumbed to tuberculosis just two years after Flaherty had completed filming. Peter Cowie, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The notice of claim, which is a notice of intent to file a lawsuit, names the city of Rochester and the fire department. CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 That would mean that Meta and OnlyFans would have to share evidence to disprove the claim, which as of yet, neither has. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2022 The claim that enforcing the laws against a former president was a modern crossing of the Rubicon, a turning point in history that would inflict an unhealable wound on US democracy, was one of two warnings unsettling the country since Monday. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 Truss and Sunak both claim to be offering Thatcherite economics, but their policies are very different. Jill Lawless,, 31 July 2022 Truss and Sunak both claim to be offering Thatcherite economics, but their policies are very different. Jill Lawless, ajc, 31 July 2022 In further contrast to Leeds’ claim, Winters asserted that the phade straw not only is compostable but also can biodegrade in multiple environments like soil and oceans. Elliot Lewis, NBC News, 30 July 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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