verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claim
Synonyms for claim
Related Words for claimcase, requirement, interest, plea, suit, request, assertion, application, call, allegation, demand, petition, hold, challenge, defend, insist, assert, collect, need, take
Examples from the Web for claim
Contemporary Examples of claim
How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
The claim is one of a series of allegations made in a controversial documentary that the BBC has now pulled.Pulled Documentary Says William Felt ‘Used’ by Charles’ Push for Camilla
December 30, 2014
They were called La Red Avispa (The Wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
A few carried signs: "IMAGINE JUSTICE," "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "CLAIM HUMANITY."Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of claim
Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I claim it as the price of coming, you know, when I was only an afterthought.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
From evil—physical, moral, and political—it is not our claim to be exempt.
It is not necessary to claim that it has always worked perfectly.
Many volumes of poetry put in their claim to immortality every year.
verb (mainly tr)
- a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
- the sum of money demanded
Word Origin for claim
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."
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim