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claim

verb

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1 to state as a fact usually forcefully
  • people who claim that they have been kidnapped by aliens from other worlds

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2 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority
  • after many years had passed, he suddenly appeared to claim his inheritance

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3 to deprive of life
  • cancer claims hundreds of thousands of Americans each year

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4 to have as a requirement
  • caring for her three small children claims virtually all of her time

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claim

noun

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1 an entitlement to something
  • I'm announcing my claim to that last slice of pizza

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2 a legal right to participation in the advantages, profits, and responsibility of something
  • a shareholder has a claim in the business

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3 a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something
  • Galileo's claim that the moon has a very irregular surface and thus is not the perfect sphere that the ancients had imagined

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4 something that someone insists upon having
  • young children make great claims on their parents' time

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How does the verb claim contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of claim are demand, exact, and require. While all these words mean "to ask or call for something as due or as necessary," 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

In what contexts can demand take the place of claim?

The synonyms demand and claim are sometimes interchangeable, but demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands.

demanded payment of the debt

When would exact be a good substitute for claim?

The words exact and claim are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands.

exacts absolute loyalty

Where would require be a reasonable alternative to claim?

In some situations, the words require and claim are roughly equivalent. However, 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

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

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“Claim.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/claim. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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