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claim

Overview

This page has 16 definitions of claim in English and Dutch, Flemish. Claim is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use claim in a sentence are shown. Also define these 19 related words and terms: demand, law, compensation, damages, ownership, state, new, fact, right, use, land, loss, violent, first person, singular, present tense, indicative mood, claimen, and imperative mood.

See also: Claim

English

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Etymology

From Middle English claimen, borrowed from Old French clamer (to call, name, send for), from Latin clāmō, clāmāre (to call, cry out), from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- (to shout), which is imitative; see also Lithuanian kalba (language), Old English hlōwan (to low, make a noise like a cow), Old High German halan (to call), Ancient Greek καλέω (kaléō, to call, convoke), κλεδον (kledon, report, fame), κέλαδος (kélados, noise), Middle Irish cailech (cock), Latin calō (to call out, announce solemnly), Sanskrit उषःकल (uṣaḥkala, cock, literally dawn-calling). Cognate with Spanish llamar and clamar.

Pronunciation

Noun

claim (plural claims)

  1. A demand of ownership made for something.
    a claim of ownership
    a claim of victory
  2. The thing claimed.
  3. The right or ground of demanding.
    You don't have any claim on my time, since I'm no longer your employee.
  4. A new statement of something one believes to be the truth, usually when the statement has yet to be verified or without valid evidence provided.
    The company's share price dropped amid claims of accounting fraud.
  5. A demand of ownership for previously unowned land.
    Miners had to stake their claims during the gold rush.
  6. (law) A legal demand for compensation or damages.
    • Damages definition
      Third-person singular simple present indicative form of damage

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Verb

claim (third-person singular simple present claims, present participle claiming, simple past and past participle claimed)

  1. To demand ownership of.
  2. To state a new fact, typically without providing evidence to prove it is true.
    • Fact definition
      Something actual as opposed to invented. (1 of 9 fact definitions)
  3. To demand ownership or right to use for land.
  4. (law) To demand compensation or damages through the courts.
  5. (intransitive) To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.
  6. To cause the loss of, usually by violent means.
    The attacks claimed the lives of five people.
    A fire claimed two homes.
  7. (archaic) To proclaim.
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  8. (archaic) To call or name.
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Pronunciation

Verb

claim

  1. first-person singular present indicative of claimen
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    • Claimen definition
      to claim, to demand possession, control or responsibility
  2. imperative of claimen

Descendants