verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claim
Synonyms for claim
Related Words for unclaimedunidentified, unnamed, undisclosed, nameless, unsigned, incognito, pseudo, pseudonymous, secret, unspecified, X, innominate, unacknowledged, unattested, unavowed, uncredited, undesignated, whatchamacallit, whatsis
Examples from the Web for unclaimed
Contemporary Examples of unclaimed
If an aspiring head of state happens to find land that is yet unclaimed, recognition is still highly unlikely.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations
July 17, 2014
He said it was likely that the Swiss government would have collected any unclaimed cash in the accounts by now.Adolf Hitler: Secret Billionaire
June 27, 2014
Some identified remains were unclaimed by families that had already held funerals for other parts of their loved ones.
Each bore a flag covered military transfer case, together transporting 7,390 unidentified or unclaimed human remains.
Mohtism has been involved in previous peace talks and was himself shot in Pakistan in 2010 in an unclaimed attack.Taliban Civil War Looms as Peacemaker is Shot
Jacob Siegel, Sami Yousafzai
February 19, 2014
Historical Examples of unclaimed
Cross-references of unclaimed disclosure may be in either direction.The Classification of Patents
United States Patent Office
Unsought by him, unclaimed, in every common sense a stranger to him—how could she belong to him?The Coast of Chance
But, sir, why have you left such a sum for ten years unclaimed?The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
All unclaimed,” Macdonald said significantly, “and none of recent date.
These unclaimed trunks and boxes—you say they are in the fort?
verb (mainly tr)
- a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
- the sum of money demanded
Word Origin for claim
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim