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[ kleym ]

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.


  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.

    Synonyms: call, requisition, request

  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.


/ kleɪm /


  1. to demand as being due or as one's property; assert one's title or right to

    he claimed the record

  2. takes a clause as object or an infinitive to assert as a fact; maintain against denial

    he claimed to be telling the truth

  3. to call for or need; deserve

    this problem claims our attention

  4. to take

    the accident claimed four lives


  1. an assertion of a right; a demand for something as due
  2. an assertion of something as true, real, or factual

    he made claims for his innocence

  3. a right or just title to something; basis for demand

    a 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 act former name writ 1
    1. a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
    2. the sum of money demanded

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Derived Forms

  • ˈclaimer, noun
  • ˈclaimable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • claima·ble adjective
  • claimless adjective
  • mis·claim verb (used with object)
  • non·claima·ble adjective
  • over·claim verb (used with object)
  • pre·claim verb (used with object) noun
  • super·claim noun
  • un·claimed adjective
  • un·claiming adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of claim1

First recorded in 1250–1300; (verb) Middle English claimen, from Anglo-French, Old French claimer, from Latin clāmāre “to cry out”; (noun) Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French cla(i)me; the noun is derivative of the verb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of claim1

C13: from Old French claimer to call, appeal, from Latin clāmāre to shout

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. lay claim to, to declare oneself entitled to:

    I have never laid claim to being an expert in tax laws.

More idioms and phrases containing claim

In addition to the idiom beginning with claim , also see lay claim to ; stake a claim .

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Synonym Study

See demand.

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Example Sentences

Before the 2016 election and, from a bigger platform, before the 2020 election, he amplified unfounded claims about the flaws in the electoral system to try to backstop his potential electoral loss.

To be sure, Brooks recognizes the “otherization” at play when officers peremptorily reject claims that racial bias insinuates itself into policing decisions by reducing 7-D residents to “animals.”

Those claims came into question on Thursday, when the Associated Press reported that leaders of the organization were notified in June of at least 10 harassment claims against Weaver, including two involving Lincoln Project employees.

A HUD official told The Washington Post that Thursday’s move expands the universe of people who can file a fair-housing complaint because individuals will no longer have to make a nonconformity allegation in discrimination claims.

If it stops you, maybe you should switch to DEET, sunscreen, or Johnson Wax, as the users of these products make the same claim.

Defenders of the status quo claim the old rules protect consumers.

How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?

The claim is one of a series of allegations made in a controversial documentary that the BBC has now pulled.

They were called La Red Avispa (The Wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.

The purchasers found that this claim was not well founded, and sought to recover their money.

I claim that it contains many errors of fact, and the Higher Criticism supports the claim; as we shall see.

He took mental inventory of his possessions and what he could lay claim to, and he happened to think about his wife's homestead.

Having thus enrolled himself as one of the Agency Indians, he had a claim on this the Agency doctor.

Who was he, indeed, that he should claim the right to thwart another's happiness, hinder another's best self-realisation?


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More About Claim

What does claim mean?

To claim something is to maintain that the something is a fact, as in The company claims its product cures hiccups.

A claim is the assertion of a fact, as in The claim that Shayna has a beautiful voice was proved when she began to sing.

To claim is also to demand one’s right to something, such as to claim payment for a service given.

As a noun, this claim can be the demand for that something, such as a claim on your time.

Example: My ancestors laid claim to this land decades ago and I don’t plan on letting it go any time soon.

Where does claim come from?

The first records of the term claim come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Latin clāmāre, meaning “to cry out.”

A claim can be a formal request for something owed or due, such as a claim to the legal ownership of a property. You might make a claim that an item was damaged on arrival through the seller’s form, which would make you eligible for a replacement or a refund.

Laying claim to something means to describe yourself as entitled to that thing. For example when a scientist develops a new theory and publishes it, they have laid claim to their academic findings.

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What are some other forms related to claim?

  • claimable (adjective)
  • claimless (adjective)
  • misclaim (verb)
  • nonclaimable (adjective)

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How is claim used in real life?

Claim is usually used in relation to legal or official situations.

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To make a claim is to give up all rights to something.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.