Problems that claim her attention.
Claimed he had won the race; a candidate claiming many supporters.
To claim a record in the high jump.
Her sole claim to fame.
A problem that claims attention.
- A piece of land staked out by a settler or miner.
- Money demanded for an insurance settlement.
An example of claim is a document given to the insurance company stating money is wanted for car damages.
A hurricane that claimed two lives.
An example of claim is to recover a lost jacket from the lost and found.
An example of claim is to announce that a specific person was responsible for a specific mistake.
Makes no claim to be a cure.
Claim a reward; claim one's luggage at the airport carousel.
- To assert one's right to or ownership of.
- to assert one's right or title to
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of claim
- Middle English claimen from Old French clamer claim- from Latin clāmāre to call kelə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).