- 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.
- lay claim to, to declare oneself entitled to: I have never laid claim to being an expert in tax laws.
Origin of claim
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Examples from the Web for claiming
Opponents of Muslims and immigrants across the continent are claiming vindication in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack.Europe’s Islam Haters Say We Told You So
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
And some members of the Lizard Squad are now claiming that they were never trying to poison the network.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
He has only turned down a few weddings, claiming to perform around 80 percent of the prison marriages in the Los Angeles area.Saying Yes to the Dress—Behind Bars
December 8, 2014
Claiming to be useful against Ebola, autism, and cancer, Young Living Essential Oils came under fire from the FDA.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils
December 5, 2014
No one with a conscience in him will think of claiming any merit for himself.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
A temple is set at the end of the point, as if claiming the land for its own.Things as They Are
We may therefore begin by claiming this presumption in their favour.Laws
I am very sorry that my claiming to be the evil influence has had so little effect.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
We had imagined that the pleasures of the town were claiming your entire attention.Mistress Wilding
- to demand as being due or as one's property; assert one's title or right tohe claimed the record
- (takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to assert as a fact; maintain against denialhe claimed to be telling the truth
- to call for or need; deservethis problem claims our attention
- to takethe accident claimed four lives
- an assertion of a right; a demand for something as due
- an assertion of something as true, real, or factualhe made claims for his innocence
- a right or just title to something; basis for demanda 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 actformer name writ 1
- a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
- the sum of money demanded
Word Origin and History for claiming
c.1300, "to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority," from accented stem of Old French clamer "to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare," from Latin clamare "to cry out, shout, proclaim," from PIE *kele- (2) "to shout," imitative (cf. Sanskrit usakala "cock," literally "dawn-calling;" Latin calare "to announce solemnly, call out;" Middle Irish cailech "cock;" Greek kalein "to call," kelados "noise," kledon "report, fame;" Old High German halan "to call;" Old English hlowan "to low, make a noise like a cow;" Lithuanian kalba "language"). Related: Claimed; claiming.
Meaning "to maintain as true" is from 1864; specific sense "to make a claim" (on an insurance company) is from 1897. Claim properly should not stray too far from its true meaning of "to demand recognition of a right."
early 14c., "a demand of a right; right of claiming," from Old French claime "claim, complaint," from clamer (see claim (v.)). Meaning "thing claimed or demanded" is from 1792; specifically "piece of land allotted and taken" (chiefly U.S. and Australia, in reference to mining) is from 1851. Insurance sense is from 1878.
Idioms and Phrases with claiming
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim