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 claimed
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
Though he claimed to be a sheikh, he had none of the qualifications.
The Taliban claimed girls education in the region was “western” and against Islam.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nets guard Jarrett Jack claimed credit for the shirts LeBron James and several other players were seen in before the game.‘I Can’t Breathe’ Makes It Onto the Court for Will and Kate to See|Jacob Siegel|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bridget B. claimed retrospectively that she felt dead or drugged, that her limbs were lifeless, she felt as if she had lockjaw.Benign Stupors|August Hoch
It is claimed that this ignorant labor is defrauded of its just hire.
Upon these grounds Panama claimed that she was a sovereign state temporarily under the duress of a superior government.The Panama Canal|Frederic Jennings Haskin
War was determined on, and Sulla, who had already held successful command in the East, claimed the command of the new army.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)|Charles Morris
She claimed no more than what was justly due to her, but she claimed no less.Ormond, Volume II (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for claimed
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 claimed
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim