\ 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

As Shamo was convicted, a single dark web marketplace still had 32,000 listings for drugs, thousands of them claiming to be oxycodone. Washington Post, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly fentanyl empire," 15 Sep. 2019 The victim was of Chinese descent and the caller claimed to be from the Chinese government. Bruce Geiselman,, "Euclid woman accused of stealing $9,000 from 81-year-old mother: Westlake Police Blotter," 14 Sep. 2019 Yet, despite the urgency, city officials claim FMWD did not adequately respond to a request by La Cañada Mayor Len Pieroni to address the subsidence and, as of the Aug. 20 filling date, had yet to deliver a decision on a claim against the district. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "City sues FMWD to fix Foothill Boulevard dip caused by leaking pipe," 11 Sep. 2019 Or a doctor could claim to be trying a novel treatment, a gray area that medical policies allow. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "We Asked Prosecutors if Health Insurance Companies Care About Fraud. They Laughed at Us.," 10 Sep. 2019 Glance claims to be the world’s first screen zero platform, giving consumers AI-powered, personalised, short-form content on the lock screens of their smartphones. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "InMobi’s newly-created lockscreen technology business just raised $45 million," 10 Sep. 2019 Scientists claim there have been other forms of pressure as well. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "A dam threatens the world’s rarest ape. Why are some conservationists suddenly on board?," 10 Sep. 2019 To our mind a lot of it starts with this claimed identity between black holes and thermodynamics. Quanta Magazine, "Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?," 10 Sep. 2019 At a second location, the first suspect met up with another person who claimed to be a stranger. Leada Gore |, al, "Police looking for woman who scammed elderly victim out of $3,000," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Brown chose not to sign the agreement, and instead wants to fight the claims and clear his name., "MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — NFL investigators will meet with Antonio Brown’s accuser on Monday, a source confirmed to the Globe, officially launching the league’s investigation into sexual assault and rape allegations made against Brown by his trainer, Britney Taylor, in a civil lawsuit in Florida.," 16 Sep. 2019 But according to text messages obtained last year by NBC News, in the days leading up to Ramirez' public allegation Kavanaugh and his team were communicating behind the scenes with friends to refute the claim. NBC News, "Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh after sexual misconduct allegations resurface," 15 Sep. 2019 Jonathan Vilma, who played for Williams, responded to the claim. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Beat a Big Ten team *and* get $1,000,000? Yep, that happened," 15 Sep. 2019 The United States swiftly discounted the Houthi claim. Tim Lister, CNN, "Attack on Saudi oil facility a game-changer in Gulf confrontation," 15 Sep. 2019 Now, Mitchell released a 156-page evidence packet and four-page summary detailing the claim to keep his name on the Donkey Kong Forum leaderboard. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "One Man's Long, Ruthless Fight to Keep His Donkey Kong High Score," 13 Sep. 2019 The gold standard for brand deals in football is still Pepsi, and The Telegraph claim that Sterling will appear in an advert for the soft drink company alongside Messi and Pogba ahead of the European Championships next summer., "Raheem Sterling Set for Pepsi Endorsement Alongside Lionel Messi & Paul Pogba," 12 Sep. 2019 The county has not yet filed a legal response, but Olszewski told The Baltimore Sun his administration is trying to negotiate with the federal government to resolve the claims. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "New Justice Department lawsuit against Baltimore County police stems from Obama-era probe, county says," 12 Sep. 2019 Xu denied the claims in comments to The Daily Illini and The Art Newspaper. Dawn Rhodes,, "Ex-University of Illinois professor sued for sexual assault, harassment of students," 11 Sep. 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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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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