[ kleym ]
/ kleɪm /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make or file a claim: to claim for additional compensation.


Nearby words

  1. clafouti,
  2. clafoutis,
  3. clag,
  4. claggy,
  5. claiborne,
  6. claim check,
  7. claim-jumper,
  8. claimant,
  9. claimer,
  10. claiming race


    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 forms

Synonym study

1. See demand. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for claimed

British Dictionary definitions for claimed


/ (kleɪm) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Formsclaimable, adjectiveclaimer, noun

Word Origin for claim

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

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Word Origin and History for claimed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with claimed


In addition to the idiom beginning with claim

  • claim check

also see:

  • lay claim to
  • stake a claim
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