\ 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.

Other Words from claim


claimable \ ˈklā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce claim (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for claim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 If the gold could be shown to have been federal property, as the narrative in the historical documentation seemed to suggest, then the FBI could step in and claim it for the United States government. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 In seeking to muzzle CEO activism, conservatives claim it’s bad for business. Corinne Post, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Its makers claim it’s 2.5 times more efficient than other hair dryers, consuming 690 watts of energy compared to 1700 from the traditional lot. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 5 June 2022 Only one outfield spot has been changing often, and Oscar Gonzalez has a chance to claim it. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 1 June 2022 Will the treatment that saved my life also claim it? New York Times, 12 May 2022 Victoria was a little too far - even for us - to claim him as one of our own. Matt Young, Chron, 2 May 2022 Stymied on multiple legislative fronts, Democrats are also eager to claim a win for a change. Carl Hulse,, 13 June 2022 Some social media users have co-opted that term in recent years to falsely claim that victims or their families involved in tragedies such as mass shootings are actually crisis actors. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After clearing the officer of an excessive force claim, police made his body camera recording public about a month and a half after Gordon's legal team released his cellphone video. Jonathan Mattise, ajc, 24 June 2022 This iteration of the claim appears to originate from a May 13 tweet that included the photograph and accumulated more than 100,000 interactions. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 What better way to support this claim than by equipping it with a powertrain that can generate in excess of 850 horses? Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 The lawsuit, which was settled in April, also names Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a vocal proponent of the baseless claim, which the mother and daughter say led to intense harassment, both in-person and online. Farnoush Amiri, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 For years the area under dispute covered around 860 square kilometers, with Lebanon claiming its maritime border lay to the south of Israel's claim. Hadas Gold And Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 17 June 2022 Adam Aron made this bold claim about Saudi Arabia, speaking just months after the Kingdom had dramatically revealed that cinemas were to be allowed to open for the first time since the early 1980s. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 The self-governing island nation of 23 million people, which operates under democratic rule, has long been a delicate issue for the United States, which acknowledges the People's Republic of China's claim that Taiwan is part of China. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Or, the parties can settle with each other at a fraction of the claim. Julie Jason, Jd, Forbes, 16 June 2022 See More

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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 entry 3

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\ 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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