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 claim (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Celebrate milestones to create excitement about the future, but don’t claim an early victory. Kash Shaikh, Forbes, 25 May 2021 That includes returns where the taxpayers don’t have children and don’t claim any refundable tax credits. Andy Meek, BGR, 17 May 2021 His lawsuit seeking compensation, filed in 2014, did not claim any connection between his orientation and BYU’s decision to exclude him from the Celebrex settlement. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2021 And more to the point of this fact check, Cruz didn't merely claim that history shows that some undocumented people would get inadvertently registered under the Democrats' proposal. Daniel Dale, CNN, 13 May 2021 Ohio State football did not always claim a prominent place at the top of the NFL Draft. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 May 2021 The federal government will redistribute any doses that states don’t claim, another administration official said. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 Tennessee can’t even claim the king of the dorks anymore. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2021 The mailers do not claim an endorsement by either official. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But committee members disagreed on whether the text exchange affected Breese-Iverson’s ability to do her job, with the two Republicans on the panel supporting that claim and the two Democrats voting against it. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 That claim isn’t strictly true as Aipower floated an earlier generation of WearBuds a year ago. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Montagnier attributed that claim to Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE), a phenomenon in which virus-specific antibodies can enhance the entry and replication of a virus. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Multiple posts and captions online listed the incident at the Indianapolis International Airport, but officials debunked that claim. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 To make that claim, Raynor and her co-authors, Corbett Grainger and Dominic Parker, gathered several lines of evidence. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 24 May 2021 The Epic lawyer challenged that claim, showing Mr. Cook internal Apple documents that suggested the company could calculate the App Store’s profitability. New York Times, 21 May 2021 In a response filed Wednesday, HCPS denied that claim. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 20 May 2021 White and former police commissioner William Gross made that claim in affidavits released Wednesday, but Walsh, now US secretary of labor, in a subsequent statement forcefully denied that he was ever briefed on the allegations. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021

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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 entry 3

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

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“Claim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claim. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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