claimed; claiming; claims
Essential Meaning of claim
1 : to say that (something) is true when some people may say it is not true The man claimed (that) he was a long-lost relative. They claim (that) the drug prevents hair loss. She claims (that) the landlord owes her money.
2 : to say that you have (something) He claims a connection to British royalty. The organization claims 10,000 members. He claimed ignorance of the robbery. [=he said that he had no knowledge about the robbery]
3 : to say that (something) belongs to you or that you deserve (something) The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. New Yorkers proudly claim the artist as one of their own. See More ExamplesBoth of them claimed credit for the idea. No one ever claimed authorship for the poem.
Full Definition of claim
(Entry 1 of 2)
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 … members — Rolling 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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