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
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
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
He has only turned down a few weddings, claiming to perform around 80 percent of the prison marriages in the Los Angeles area.
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|Kent Sepkowitz|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now you will no longer dare to prevent me from claiming my rights or dispute my legal title.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)|Alexandre Dumas pre
She was too pretty with her shining hair and her sea-green eyes, and her way of claiming admiration.The Tin Soldier|Temple Bailey
Yet certain species of them remain singularly willing, we may say desirous, of claiming friendship with their persecutors.Domesticated Animals|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
We shall not be suspected of claiming for the Established Church alone the religious right to sanctify the marriage obligation.
The Athenians, claiming some slight infraction of the treaty, refused to deliver over the ships.Vacation days in Greece|Rufus B. Richardson
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