claim

1 of 2

verb

claimed; claiming; claims

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
claimable adjective

claim

2 of 2

noun

1
: a demand for something due or believed to be due
an insurance claim
2
a
: 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.
Choose the Right Synonym for claim

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

Example Sentences

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 Sundance Film Festival set back-to-back sales records, became a dominant content provider for the streaming wars, and saw one of its competition titles claim a Best Picture Oscar for the first time ever. Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023 The Presidential Records Act of 1978 was enacted after the Watergate scandal, in which former President Richard Nixon tried to claim that his secret White House tapes and other records were his personal property. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2023 Starting in April, companies will be able to claim a corporate tax credit worth 20% of salaries and other costs associated with hiring researchers who’ve earned a Ph.D. within the past 5 years. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 19 Jan. 2023 In a video of the incident, Holder argues with airport employees, appearing to claim someone else paid for her meal. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2023 Such duplications can allow scientists to conjure results out of thin air by Frankensteining parts of many images together or to claim that one image represents two separate experiments that produced similar results. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 Todd Taylor, president and chief commercial officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, would like to claim that the surge of ticket sales and attendance this season has to do with sales and marketing. The Indianapolis Star, 18 Jan. 2023 Barboa was one of the commissioners that Peña approached uninvited after the election to claim the results were fraudulent, Barboa said. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 Radeke helped the six-member League of Legends team claim the championship win. C.r. Walker, Chicago Tribune, 17 Jan. 2023
Noun
The claim is the first step needed to file a lawsuit against the city, attorney Carl Douglas said. Taylor Romine, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 Serhiy Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian army, said in an interview that the claim was not true and that fighting was still ongoing in Soledar as of early Friday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 Jan. 2023 Ruby Contreras, a city of Elizabeth spokesperson, told USA TODAY in an email that the claim made in the Facebook post is false. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2023 Some insurance companies now use A.I. to make an initial determination about whether a claim is legitimate or fraudulent. Alexei Oreskovic, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2023 The claim was a way of supporting their theory that the real estate, hospitality and golf company is criminally culpable for and benefited from tax cheating. Shayna Jacobs, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 The claim is part of a new and expanding legal front in the nationwide court battle over firearms. Dallas News, 29 Nov. 2022 If the claim is accurate, Samsung will launch the handset by Sunday, February 5th. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Nov. 2022 The judges concurred with Bowdre that the government needed more than the testimony of an outside expert to prove a claim was false. Ava Kofman, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near claim

Cite this Entry

“Claim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claim. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

claim

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to ask for as rightfully belonging to oneself
claim an inheritance
b
: to call for : require
business that claims attention
2
: to put an end to life : take
an accident claimed his life
3
a
: to state as a fact : maintain
claimed to have been cheated
b
: to make a claim
claimed to know nothing about it
claimable adjective
claimer noun

claim

2 of 2 noun
1
: a demand for something due or believed to be due
an insurance claim
2
a
: a right or title to something
b
: a statement that may be doubted
a claim of authenticity
3
: something claimed
especially : an area of land marked out by a settler or prospector

Legal Definition

claim

noun
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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 forthJ. 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
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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