verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for claim
Origin of claim
synonym study for claim
historical usage 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for claim
Part of the challenge is a seeming disconnect between the claim that “schools aren’t superspreaders” and the objective fact that some people tested at schools are found to have covid-19.Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data explains why.|Emily Oster|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Yet significant though the fire’s impact was, the Battle of Actium a century earlier, and mentioned by Barrett, perhaps has greater claims as a classical watershed.
Unemployment insurance claims rose last week for the first time since early October.Treasury Secretary Mnuchin cuts off several Federal Reserve emergency aid programs, sparking unusual rebuke from Fed|Rachel Siegel, Jeff Stein|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Later, Fox News reporter Kristin Fisher called the news conference “colorful” and “light on facts,” noting that several of Giuliani’s more outlandish claims were simply not true.Rudy Giuliani floated ‘dangerous’ and incendiary false claims of election conspiracy — and Fox News broadcast it live|Paul Farhi, Elahe Izadi|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Her claims about widespread unwanted sterilizations quickly came under scrutiny.
Unconfirmed reports in the French media claimed that the brothers were spotted at a gas station in northern France on Thursday.
Only two senators opposed the resolution, which the administration later claimed was the authority for a full-scale war.
Later reports say that authorities claimed to be merely escorting him back to his house arrest.
The Kurds claimed at least 100 Islamic militants were killed in the two-day battle to lift the siege.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another supposed group, calling itself the New Romantic Cyber Army, also claimed credit.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carpenter were the leaders, and this is claimed to have been the origin of Mechanics' Institutes.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
A story or narrative is invented for the purpose of helping the student, as it is claimed, to memorise it.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Here the proud state that claimed him as her own offspring, met him with the injustice of a malignant step-dame.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Thus if a man threatened to fill up your well because it stood, as he claimed, on his land, you had no preventive remedy at law.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
She found no consolation in the fact that she had been encouraged to do as she had done by those who claimed to love her.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
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 forms of claimclaimable, 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