claim

[ kleym ]
/ kleɪm /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

noun

Idioms

    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.
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British Dictionary definitions for lay claim to

claim

/ (kleɪm) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with lay claim to (1 of 2)

lay claim to


Assert one's right to or ownership of, as in “What claim lays she to thee?” (Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 3:2). [Late 1500s] Also see stake a claim.

Idioms and Phrases with lay claim to (2 of 2)

claim


In addition to the idiom beginning with claim

  • claim check

also see:

  • lay claim to
  • stake a claim
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