What does claim mean?

Definitions for claim

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word claim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. claimnoun

    an assertion of a right (as to money or property)

    "his claim asked for damages"

  2. claimnoun

    an assertion that something is true or factual

    "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims"

  3. claimnoun

    demand for something as rightful or due

    "they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"

  4. claim, titlenoun

    an informal right to something

    "his claim on her attentions"; "his title to fame"

  5. title, claimnoun

    an established or recognized right

    "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"; "he staked his claim"

  6. call, claimverb

    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

  7. claimverb

    assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

    "He claimed that he killed the burglar"

  8. claim, lay claim, arrogateverb

    demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

    "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"

  9. claimverb

    ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example

    "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"

  10. claim, takeverb

    lay claim to; as of an idea

    "She took credit for the whole idea"

  11. claim, take, exactverb

    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

    "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"


  1. claimnoun

    A demand of ownership made for something (eg. claim ownership, claim victory).

  2. claimnoun

    A new statement of truth made about something, usually when the statement has yet to be verified.

  3. claimnoun

    A demand of ownership for previously unowned land (eg. in the gold rush, oil rush)

  4. claimnoun

    A legal demand for compensation or damages.

  5. claimverb

    To demand ownership of.

  6. claimverb

    To state a new fact.

  7. claimverb

    To demand ownership or right to use for land.

  8. claimverb

    To demand compensation or damages through the courts.

  9. Etymology: From claimen, from claimer, clamer, from clamo, connected with calo, cognate to Ancient Greek.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Claimnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    You, in the right of lady Blanch your wife,
    May then make all the claim that Arthur did. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Forsworn thyself! The traitor’s odious name
    I first return, and then disprove thy claim. Dryden.

    Will he not, therefore, of the two evils chuse the least, by submitting to a master, who hath no immediate claim upon him, rather than to another, who hath already revived several claims upon him? Jonathan Swift.

    Either there must have been but one sovereign over them all, or else every father of a family had been as good a prince, and had as good a claim to royalty as these. John Locke.

    The king of Prussia lays in his claim for Neuf-Châtel, as he did for the principality of Orange. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    If God, by his positive grant, gave dominion to any man, primogeniture can lay no claim to it, unless God so ordained. John Locke.

  2. To CLAIMverb

    To demand of right; to require authoritatively; not to beg or accept as favour, but to exact as due.

    Etymology: clamer, French.

    If only one man hath a divine right to obedience, no body can claim that obedience but he that can shew his right. John Locke.

    We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one claims, came by his authority, before we can know who has a right to succeed him in it. John Locke.

    Poets have undoubted right to claim,
    If not the greatest, the most lasting name. William Congreve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Claim

    to ask for, or seek to obtain, by virtue of authority, right, or supposed right; to challenge as a right; to demand as due

  2. Claim

    to proclaim

  3. Claim

    to call or name

  4. Claim

    to assert; to maintain

  5. Claimverb

    to be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim

  6. Claimnoun

    a demand of a right or supposed right; a calling on another for something due or supposed to be due; an assertion of a right or fact

  7. Claimnoun

    a right to claim or demand something; a title to any debt, privilege, or other thing in possession of another; also, a title to anything which another should give or concede to, or confer on, the claimant

  8. Claimnoun

    the thing claimed or demanded; that (as land) to which any one intends to establish a right; as a settler's claim; a miner's claim

  9. Claimnoun

    a loud call

  10. Etymology: [Of. claim cry, complaint, from clamer. See Claim, v. t.]


  1. Claim

    In a patent or patent application, the claims define, in technical terms, the extent of the protection conferred by a patent, or the protection sought in a patent application. The claims are of the utmost importance both during prosecution and litigation. For instance, a claim could read: ⁕"An apparatus for catching mice, said apparatus comprising a base, a spring member coupled to the base, and ..." ⁕"A chemical composition for cleaning windows, said composition substantially consisting of 10–15% ammonia, ..." ⁕"Method for computing future life expectancies, said method comprising gathering data including X, Y, Z, analyzing the data, comparing the analyzed data results..."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Claim

    klām, v.t. to call for: to demand as a right.—n. a demand for something supposed due: right or ground for demanding: the thing claimed.—adj. Claim′able, that can be claimed.—n. Claim′ant, one who makes a claim.—Lay claim to, to assert a right. [O. Fr. claimer—L. clamāre, to call out.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. claimverb

    To say one allies oneself with a gang or set.

  2. claimverb

    To claim membership in a gang.

  3. claimverb

    To say something that is not necessarily true.

Editors Contribution

  1. claim

    Claim (noun) is a state of having deserve for something to owned.

    Claim is a demand to have in an urgent system.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 27, 2015  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Claim

    A squatter’s term for a piece of land which he has marked off and settled upon pending its legal acquisition from the Government. During the gold fever the name also came to be applied to the land parcelled out to each digger.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'claim' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1579

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'claim' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2246

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'claim' in Nouns Frequency: #372

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'claim' in Verbs Frequency: #124

Anagrams for claim »

  1. malic

  2. clima

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of claim in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of claim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of claim in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Holness:

    Citizens from former colonies, particularly in the West Indies, have migrated to Great Britain where they have significantly contributed to the building and enrichment of the country, now these persons are not able to claim their place as citizens.

  2. Ted Gavin:

    That said, they would have an uphill fight from a disadvantageous position, as we saw in the mortgage crisis and the wave of bankruptcies that followed, possession of documents matters when you're trying to assert a secured claim.

  3. Chris Griffin:

    As the Chinese go forward with this, they are making the claim that this is our territory and the waters surrounding within about 12 nautical miles are our territorial waters.

  4. Yaakov Menken:

    I haven't read Maus, but not every book is appropriate for every age group, and it's inappropriate to claim the school board doesn't want to provide Holocaust education because they don't want one particular book.

  5. Barton Crockett:

    Their claim on audiences that advertisers want to get in front of - people that watch big, live sporting events - is very strong.

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  • مطالبهArabic
  • патрабава́ць, запатрабава́цьBelarusian
  • искане, рекламация, изисквам, претендирам, правя реламация, претенцияBulgarian
  • pretensióCatalan, Valencian
  • nárok, tvrdit, tvrzení, záborCzech
  • påstandDanish
  • Anspruch, Mutung, beanspruchen, behaupten, BehauptungGerman
  • αξίωση, διεκδίκηση αποζημίωσης, διεκδίκησηGreek
  • pretendiEsperanto
  • reclamación, afirmación, demanda, afirmar, concesión, reclamar, demandarSpanish
  • ادعاPersian
  • väite, korvausvaatimus, vahingonkorvausvaatimus, väittää, vaatia, korvaus, vaatimus, valtaus, vallataFinnish
  • affirmation, réclamation, demande, revendication, revendiquerFrench
  • tagairt, tagairScottish Gaelic
  • תביעה, טען, טיעון, תבע, טענהHebrew
  • दावाHindi
  • állítás, állít, igényel, követelés, követel, igényHungarian
  • dichiarazione, affermazione, reclamare, affermare, reclamo, rivendicazione, rivendicare, dichiarare, [[reclamare]] [[la]] [[proprietà]], [[reclamare]] [[il]] [[possesso]], RichiestaItalian
  • 主張, 請求Japanese
  • clamoreLatin
  • behaaptenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • kokorahoMāori
  • opeisen, beweren, aanspraak maken op, aanspraak, claimenDutch
  • kravNorwegian
  • roszczenie, twierdzićPolish
  • reivindicação, reivindicar, reclamar, reclamo, afirmação, alegar, afirmarPortuguese
  • petiție, pretenție, revendicare, reclamație, revendicaRomanian
  • объявление, [[предъявлять]] [[претензия, право, [[заявлять]] [[о]] [[право, объявлять, претензия, твердить, претендовать, [[требовать]] [[выплата, притязание, заявление, утверждение, [[заявлять]] [[претензия, [[объявлять]] [[претензия, иск, заявлять, [[требование]] [[выплата, утверждать, [[требовать]] [[компенсация, ЗапросRussian
  • anspråk, påstå, påståendeSwedish
  • daiSwahili
  • iddia etmek, öne sürmek, İddiaTurkish
  • دعویٰUrdu
  • 要求Chinese

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    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    • A. bowel
    • B. deterioration
    • C. contribution
    • D. equity

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