verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claim
The verb claim originally meant “to assert a legal right, to make a demand for something that is one’s due.” In the 19th century, claim developed a looser, less strict sense, especially in American usage, “to make an unsubstantiated statement; assert or maintain as a fact,” a meaning considered inelegant at that time but also one that occurs in the writings of Chaucer.
The legal term quitclaim meaning “to quit or give up a right or claim” dates from the 14th century in England. The noun claim meaning “a request or demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy” dates from the 19th century.
Just as we intuitively understand the relationship between claim and quitclaim, it's pretty clear how the words acclaim, reclaim, proclaim, etc., are related in meaning and etymology to claim.
Examples from the Web for 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|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Sykes|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.
His claim that taxpayers are spending millions of dollars for each detainee rates True.
Having tonally redefined rap, he was ready to claim the mantle of one of the greatest musical pioneers of all time.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The empress had not waited for this serious reverse to claim from France the promised aid.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But as he was disposed to be too friendly, and to claim too large a share of the lunch, we rather gave him the cold shoulder.Riverby|John Burroughs
The audit office should have information at hand sufficient to decline the claim or settle it immediately.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
She had a claim on him for support, and there was usually some way to enforce the claim.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
He fully intended, of course, to follow the matter up, but other and more important issues came to claim his time and attention.From School to Battle-field|Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for claim
verb (mainly tr)
- a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
- the sum of money demanded
Derived Formsclaimable, adjectiveclaimer, noun
Word Origin for claim
Idioms and Phrases with claim
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim