un·​claimed | \ ˌən-ˈklāmd How to pronounce unclaimed (audio) \

Definition of unclaimed

: not claimed specifically : not called for by an owner or consignee unclaimed property/goods

Examples of unclaimed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Basabe went unclaimed, however, and the 24-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, ensuring the team will have more outfield depth in the event of injuries. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Luis Basabe clears waivers; Giants send outfielder to Sacramento," 11 Feb. 2021 But more than $140 billion in loan money remained unclaimed out of $659 billion allocated by Congress. Washington Post, "Billions of dollars in aid for small businesses go unclaimed," 29 June 2020 Cox said Thursday that state leaders have decided any second doses left unclaimed by patients for longer than seven days will be released as first doses. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exclusive: Utah declines to disclose when vaccines arrive or who gets them, while pharmacies dispute doses are ‘sitting on shelves’," 24 Jan. 2021 By one World Health Organization estimate, more than half of all vaccines are thrown away because they were mishandled, unclaimed or expired. Bernard Condon, Star Tribune, "Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses," 22 Jan. 2021 When a body goes unclaimed in the province, the office of the Public Trustee of Nova Scotia takes over. New York Times, "A Black Literary Trailblazer’s Solitary Death: Charles Saunders, 73," 21 Jan. 2021 The Mega Millions jackpot sits at $750 million after Tuesday’s $625 million prize went unclaimed, lottery officials said. Charlie Mckenna, BostonGlobe.com, "Mega Millions, Powerball combined jackpots surge to $1.4 billion after no winning tickets purchased," 14 Jan. 2021 The former first-round pick went unclaimed after being put on waivers, allowing the Wings to either keep him on their roster, assign him to their taxi squad, or send him to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Evgeny Svechnikov goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with organization," 12 Jan. 2021 Environmental cleanups also get a share of unclaimed 10-cent bottle and can deposits, about $20 million per year, and from a 1-cent-per-gallon fee added to all petroleum products sold in Michigan, adding about $50 million in revenue annually. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Most of Michigan's 24,000 contaminated sites await cleanup that might never come," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unclaimed

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Unclaimed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclaimed. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unclaimed

: not asked for or taken by an owner : not claimed

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