- The definition of a claim is a demand for something which is due.
An example of claim is a document given to the insurance company stating money is wanted for car damages.
- Claim means to take or assert ownership of something.
An example of claim is to recover a lost jacket from the lost and found.
- to demand or ask for as rightfully belonging or due to one; assert one's right to (a title, accomplishment, etc. that should be recognized): to claim a record in the high jump
- to call for; require; deserve: a problem that claims attention
- ☆ to state as a fact or as one's belief (something that may be called into question); assert
Origin of claimMiddle English claimen ; from Old French claimer, to call, claim ; from Classical Latin clamare, to cry out: see clamor
- a demand for something rightfully or allegedly due
- a right or title to something: her sole claim to fame
- something claimed, as
- a piece of land staked out by a settler or miner
- money demanded for an insurance settlement
- ☆ a statement, as a fact, of something that may be called into question; assertion
lay claim to
transitive verbclaimed, claim·ing, claims
- To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due: claim a reward; claim one's luggage at the airport carousel.
- To take in a violent manner as if by right: a hurricane that claimed two lives.
- To state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain: claimed he had won the race; a candidate claiming many supporters.
- To deserve or call for; require: problems that claim her attention.
- A demand for something as rightful or due.
- A basis for demanding something; a title or right.
- Something claimed in a formal or legal manner, especially a tract of public land staked out by a miner or homesteader.
- a. A demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy or other formal arrangement.b. The sum of money demanded.
- A statement of something as a fact; an assertion of truth: makes no claim to be a cure.
Origin of claimMiddle English claimen, from Old French clamer, claim-, from Latin clāmāre, to call; see kel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A demand of ownership made for something (eg. claim ownership, claim victory).
- A new statement of truth made about something, usually when the statement has yet to be verified.
- A demand of ownership for previously unowned land (eg. in the gold rush, oil rush)
- (law) A legal demand for compensation or damages.
- Demand ownership of land not previously owned. One usually stakes a claim.
- The legal sense. One usually makes a claim. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
(third-person singular simple present claims, present participle claiming, simple past and past participle claimed)
- To demand ownership of.
- To state a new fact, typically without providing evidence to prove it is true.
- To demand ownership or right to use for land.
- (law) To demand compensation or damages through the courts.
- (intransitive) To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.
- To proclaim.
- To call or name.
From Middle English claimen, from Old French claimer, clamer (“to call, name, send for”), from Latin clāmō (“to call, cry out”), from Proto-Indo-European *kele- (“to shout”), which is imitative; see also Lithuanian kalba (“language”), Old English hlowan (“to low, make a noise like a cow”), Old High German halan (“to call”), Ancient Greek καλέω (kaleō, “to call, convoke”), κλεδον (kledon, “report, fame”), κέλαδος (kelados, “noise”), Middle Irish cailech (“cock”), Latin calō (“to call out, announce solemnly”), Sanskrit उषःकाल (uṣaḥkāla, “cock, literally dawn-calling”).
claim - Legal Definition