verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin 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.
Examples from the Web for 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|Nina Strochlic|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said it was likely that the Swiss government would have collected any unclaimed cash in the accounts by now.
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.
The more generous-minded call her 'unclaimed blessing,' but many are found, women amongst them, who whisper 'Cat!'Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
Yet—I have always hoped that she might, generously and nobly, keep an unclaimed faith with me.The Rescue|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
She had always been so aloof a little creature—so unclaimed and naturally left alone.Robin|Frances Hodgson Burnett
I wrote to them at that address, but my letter was returned to me, 'Unclaimed.'My Antonia|Willa Cather
The broad river raced not to meet the sea more swiftly than our pulses leaped at sight of that unclaimed world.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for unclaimed (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for unclaimed (2 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
- a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
- the sum of money demanded
Derived Formsclaimable, adjectiveclaimer, noun
Word Origin for claim
Idioms and Phrases with unclaimed
In addition to the idiom beginning with claim
- claim check
- lay claim to
- stake a claim