to demand by or as by virtue of a right; demand as a right or as due: to claim an estate by inheritance.
to assert and demand the recognition of (a right, title, possession, etc.); assert one's right to: to claim payment for services.
to assert or maintain as a fact: She claimed that he was telling the truth.
to require as due or fitting: to claim respect.
to make or file a claim: to claim for additional compensation.
a demand for something as due; an assertion of a right or an alleged right: He made unreasonable claims on the doctor's time.
an assertion of something as a fact: He made no claims to originality.
a right to claim or demand; a just title to something: His claim to the heavyweight title is disputed.
something that is claimed, especially a piece of public land for which formal request is made for mining or other purposes.
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.
Idioms about claim
lay claim to, to declare oneself entitled to: I have never laid claim to being an expert in tax laws.
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.
- claim·a·ble, adjective
- claimless, 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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How to use claim in a sentence
Arguably the program’s claim to fame entering 2020 was that they were considered the least annoying team in the Big Ten by Spencer Hall.With A Win Over Ohio State, Indiana Would Be In The Big Ten Driver’s Seat. Wait, What? | Josh Planos | November 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
In short, punchy chapters, Cose examines one issue after another where democratic commitments and speech claims seem to conflict.Some free-speech norms are in danger. Maybe that’s a good thing. | Kenneth Mack | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
T-Mobile agreed to drop claims that it had the “best” or “most reliable” 5G network for now.T-Mobile will extend fast 5G service nationwide in 2021, pressuring rivals | Aaron Pressman | November 6, 2020 | Fortune
He even claimed that, under his proposed tax plan, he’d “probably pay more than I’m paying right now,” which might, unlike the rest of his claims, have been literally true, because, as we now know, he was barely paying taxes at all.George Conway: A presidency fueled by lies finishes with the worst of them all | George Conway | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Jobless claims continue at higher levels than the peak of the Great Recession over a decade ago.Wall Street rallies as investors believe Washington gridlock is good for business | David Lynch, Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.
Opponents of Muslims and immigrants across the continent are claiming vindication in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
And some members of the Lizard Squad are now claiming that they were never trying to poison the network.
More than a dozen attacks have been carried out by women—with some attacks claiming up to 78 victims.
Quite why anyone is as shocked and surprised by this “revelation” as some are claiming, is beyond me.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling | Lucy Scholes | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Again they heard the growl much nearer than before, and it became evident that the lion was intent on claiming hospitality.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
The will of God claiming obedience and the offer of definite good were presented before his mind.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
It was a claiming touch, and there was something in the unfolded sweetness of her face that was not ambiguous.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
This day a genteel woman came to me, claiming kindred of me, as she had once done before, and borrowed 10s.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
Investments have gone wrong, and Saunders has brought suit in court, claiming title to the land where the mine is.The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for claim
to demand as being due or as one's property; assert one's title or right to: he claimed the record
(takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to assert as a fact; maintain against denial: he claimed to be telling the truth
to call for or need; deserve: this problem claims our attention
to take: the accident claimed four lives
an assertion of a right; a demand for something as due
an assertion of something as true, real, or factual: he made claims for his innocence
a right or just title to something; basis for demand: a claim to fame
lay claim to or stake a claim to to assert one's possession of or right to
anything that is claimed, esp in a formal or legal manner, such as a piece of land staked out by a miner
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
a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
the sum of money demanded
- claimable, adjective
- claimer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with claim
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim
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