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claim

[kleym]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to demand by or as by virtue of a right; demand as a right or as due: to claim an estate by inheritance.
  2. to assert and demand the recognition of (a right, title, possession, etc.); assert one's right to: to claim payment for services.
  3. to assert or maintain as a fact: She claimed that he was telling the truth.
  4. to require as due or fitting: to claim respect.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make or file a claim: to claim for additional compensation.
noun
  1. a demand for something as due; an assertion of a right or an alleged right: He made unreasonable claims on the doctor's time.
  2. an assertion of something as a fact: He made no claims to originality.
  3. a right to claim or demand; a just title to something: His claim to the heavyweight title is disputed.
  4. something that is claimed, especially a piece of public land for which formal request is made for mining or other purposes.
  5. a request or demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy, a workers' compensation law, etc.: We filed a claim for compensation from the company.
Idioms
  1. lay claim to, to declare oneself entitled to: I have never laid claim to being an expert in tax laws.

Origin of claim

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English claimen < Anglo-French, Old French claimer < Latin clāmāre to cry out; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French cla(i)me, noun derivative of the v.
Related formsclaim·a·ble, adjectiveclaim·less, adjectivemis·claim, verb (used with object)non·claim·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·claim, verb (used with object)pre·claim, verb (used with object), nounsu·per·claim, nounun·claimed, adjectiveun·claim·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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6. request, requisition, call.

Synonym study

1. See demand.
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Examples from the Web for unclaimed

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  • Cross-references of unclaimed disclosure may be in either direction.

    The Classification of Patents

    United States Patent Office

  • Unsought by him, unclaimed, in every common sense a stranger to him—how could she belong to him?

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • But, sir, why have you left such a sum for ten years unclaimed?

    The Queen's Necklace</p>

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • All unclaimed,” Macdonald said significantly, “and none of recent date.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • These unclaimed trunks and boxes—you say they are in the fort?

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon


British Dictionary definitions for unclaimed

unclaimed

adjective
  1. not having been claimed£7 million in unclaimed prizes

claim

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to demand as being due or as one's property; assert one's title or right tohe claimed the record
  2. (takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to assert as a fact; maintain against denialhe claimed to be telling the truth
  3. to call for or need; deservethis problem claims our attention
  4. to takethe accident claimed four lives
noun
  1. an assertion of a right; a demand for something as due
  2. an assertion of something as true, real, or factualhe made claims for his innocence
  3. a right or just title to something; basis for demanda claim to fame
  4. lay claim to or stake a claim to to assert one's possession of or right to
  5. anything that is claimed, esp in a formal or legal manner, such as a piece of land staked out by a miner
  6. law a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified actformer name writ 1
    1. a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
    2. the sum of money demanded
Derived Formsclaimable, adjectiveclaimer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French claimer to call, appeal, from Latin clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for unclaimed

claim

v.

c.1300, "to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority," from accented stem of Old French clamer "to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare," from Latin clamare "to cry out, shout, proclaim," from PIE *kele- (2) "to shout," imitative (cf. Sanskrit usakala "cock," literally "dawn-calling;" Latin calare "to announce solemnly, call out;" Middle Irish cailech "cock;" Greek kalein "to call," kelados "noise," kledon "report, fame;" Old High German halan "to call;" Old English hlowan "to low, make a noise like a cow;" Lithuanian kalba "language"). Related: Claimed; claiming.

Meaning "to maintain as true" is from 1864; specific sense "to make a claim" (on an insurance company) is from 1897. Claim properly should not stray too far from its true meaning of "to demand recognition of a right."

claim

n.

early 14c., "a demand of a right; right of claiming," from Old French claime "claim, complaint," from clamer (see claim (v.)). Meaning "thing claimed or demanded" is from 1792; specifically "piece of land allotted and taken" (chiefly U.S. and Australia, in reference to mining) is from 1851. Insurance sense is from 1878.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unclaimed

unclaimed

In addition to the idiom beginning with claim

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