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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
claim /kleɪm/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. [+ object] to demand by or as if by a right: to claim an estate by inheritance.
  2. to state (something) as true or as a fact: [+ (that) clause]claimed that she was telling the truth.[+ to + verb]She claimed to be telling the truth.
  3. to require (something) as proper:[+ object]to claim respect.
  4. to take or expect to receive (credit, etc.):[+ object]The terrorists claimed responsibility for the attack.
  5. to call for;
    collect (something missing or held for another):[+ object]Has anyone claimed the lost wallet?
  6. to take (lives, casualties):[+ object]The war claimed the lives of thousands of civilians.

n. [countable]
  1. a demand for something due:to make unreasonable claims on a doctor's time.
  2. an assertion of something as a fact: I make no claims to originality.
  3. a right to claim or demand: His claim to the heavyweight title is disputed.
  4. something that is claimed:The settler put in a claim for the land across the river.
  5. Businessa request or demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy, law, etc.:I submitted my insurance claim.
Idioms
  1. Idiomslay claim to, [ ~ + obj ] to declare oneself entitled to:Both sides laid claim to the territory.

See -claim-.
-claim-, root. 
  1. -claim- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "call out;
    talk;
    shout.'' This meaning is found in such words as: acclaim, claim, clamor, exclaim, proclaim.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
claim  (klām),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to demand by or as by virtue of a right;
    demand as a right or as due:to claim an estate by inheritance.
  2. to assert and demand the recognition of (a right, title, possession, etc.);
    assert one's right to:to claim payment for services.
  3. to assert or maintain as a fact:She claimed that he was telling the truth.
  4. to require as due or fitting:to claim respect.

v.i. 
  1. to make or file a claim:to claim for additional compensation.

n. 
  1. a demand for something as due;
    an assertion of a right or an alleged right:He made unreasonable claims on the doctor's time.
  2. an assertion of something as a fact:He made no claims to originality.
  3. a right to claim or demand;
    a just title to something:His claim to the heavyweight title is disputed.
  4. something that is claimed, esp. a piece of public land for which formal request is made for mining or other purposes.
  5. 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.
  6. Idiomslay claim to, to declare oneself entitled to:I have never laid claim to being an expert in tax laws.
claima•ble, adj. 
claimless, adj. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French cla(i)me, noun, nominal derivative of the verb, verbal
  • Latin clāmāre to cry out; (noun, nominal) Middle English
  • Anglo-French, Old French claimer
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English claimen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  demand. 
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged request, requisition, call.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

claim /kleɪm/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to demand as being due or as one's property; assert one's title or right to: he claimed the record
  2. (takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to assert as a fact; maintain against denial: he claimed to be telling the truth
  3. to call for or need; deserve: this problem claims our attention
  4. to take: the accident claimed four lives
n
  1. an assertion of a right; a demand for something as due
  2. an assertion of something as true, real, or factual: he made claims for his innocence
  3. a right or just title to something; basis for demand: a claim to fame
  4. anything that is claimed, esp in a formal or legal manner, such as a piece of land staked out by a miner
  5. a demand for payment in connection with an insurance policy, etc
  6. the sum of money demanded
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French claimer to call, appeal, from Latin clāmāre to shout

ˈclaimable adj ˈclaimer n



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