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Claim appears in the following tongue twister:

  • You name it, we claim it. If we can't get it, we'll send you to get it. If we can't send you to get it, forgit it. Who's got it, if we don't got it?
    (from the 1960's)

Usage statistics for the verb claim:

spoken English21.15%written English78.85% imaginative writing18.12%informational writing81.88%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun claim:

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Claim is sometimes a misspelling of climb.

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Definition of the noun claim

What does claim mean as a name of something?

Claim is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: claims

  1. an assertion of a right (as to money or property)
  2. an assertion that something is true or factual
    • examples: his claim that he was innocent | evidence contradicted the government's claims
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: assertion / asseveration / averment = a declaration that is made emphatically
    • more specific words: allegation / allegement = statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove
  3. demand for something as rightful or due
    • example: they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: demand = the act of demanding
    • more specific term: insurance claim = demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
  4. an informal right to something
    • example: his claim on her attentions
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of claim: title
    • more generic word: right = an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  5. an established or recognized right
    • examples: a strong legal claim to the property | he staked his claim
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of claim: title
    • more generic term: legal right = a right based in law
    • more specific word: entitlement = right granted by law or contract
  6. a demand especially in the phrase
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of claim: call
    • more generic word: demand = an urgent or peremptory request

Alternative definition of the noun claim


  1. A demand of ownership made for something (eg. claim ownership, claim victory).
  2. A new statement of truth made about something, usually when the statement has yet to be verified.
  3. A demand of ownership for previously unowned land (eg. in the gold rush, oil rush)
  4. [legal] A legal demand for compensation or damages.

Specialised definition of the noun claim

Glossary of finance / insurance

a request for payment made to an insurer and under the terms of the contract

  • note: Payment is made upon offering evidence of proof.

Definition of the verb claim

What does claim mean as a doing word?

Claim is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: claimed | claiming | claims

  1. assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
    • examples: He claimed that he killed the burglar | They claim to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authorityVerbs with Predicative Complements: admit, affirm, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, confirm, contend, discover, grant, guarantee, maintain, observe, reaffirm, show
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few wordsVerbs of Communication: advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • antonym: disclaim
    • more generic word: affirm = say yes to
    • more specific terms:
      • pretend / profess = state insincerely
      • postulate / contend = maintain or assert
      • make out = try to establish
      • purport = have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
      • profess = practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
      • charge = make an accusatory claim
  2. demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
    • examples: He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter | Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of claim: arrogate / lay claim
    • antonym of claim: forfeit
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific words:
      • pretend = put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
      • requisition = demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
      • arrogate / assign = make undue claims to having
  3. ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
  4. lay claim to; as of an idea
  5. take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs


  1. "Claim" a.k.a. "The Claim" is a 2000 British Western/romance film directed by Michael Winterbottom. The screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce is loosely based on the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. The original music score is composed by Michael Nyman.
  2. "Claim" is a film.


Claim is a fictional character from the 2009 Thai situation comedy Factory Tee Ruk.


  1. "Claim" is a musical album of Not Drowning, Waving.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  2. "Claim" is a musical album of Jesper Munk.
  3. "Claim" is a musical EP of What Price, Wonderland?.
    • released in (9 years ago)


Claim a.k.a. Cause of action: In the law, a cause of action is a set of facts sufficient to justify a right to sue to obtain money, property, or the enforcement of a right against another party. The term also refers to the legal theory upon which a plaintiff brings suit. The legal document which carries a claim is often called a Statement of Claim in English law, or a Complaint in U.S. federal practice and in many U.S. states. It can be any communication notifying the party to whom it is addressed of an alleged fault which resulted in damages, often expressed in amount of money the receiving party should pay/reimburse.

Phrases with Claim

Phrases starting with the word Claim:

  1. claim form
  2. claim agent
  3. claim jumper
  4. Claim Shanty
  5. Claim to Fame

Phrases ending with the word Claim:

  1. lay claim
  2. pay claim
  3. wage claim
  4. Ambit claim
  5. laying claim
  6. baggage claim
  7. Stake a Claim
  8. insurance claim
  9. Contingent Claim
  10. To Stake a Claim
  11. Third-Party Claim
  12. Statement of Claim

Other phrases containing the word Claim:

  1. Quit Claim Deed
  2. Name It, Claim It

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Claim

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Google previewThe Event Structure of Perception Verbs (2010)

by Nikolas Gisborne

The Wrst claim means that the relation between ran and Felix is a syntactic relationship; it exists because the syntax requires it. In English...

The second claim is that one of the words in this pairing is a head, and one is a dependent. The arrow ...

Google previewEnabling Positive Attitudes and Experiences in Singapore (2015)

by David Chan

The second claim is that positivity is a luxury and not a necessity. People...

Google previewThe Illusions of Egalitarianism (2007)

by John Kekes

The central claim is that equality is the most basic value and it requires that everyone should be treated as an equal. This is taken to be a moral requirement, and it is supposed that the key to it is the redistribution of property. We have seen in ...

Google previewPapers of the Forty-Second Algonquian Conference (2014)

Actes du Congrès des Algonquinistes by J. Randolph Valentine, Monica Macaulay

Our empirical claim is that Algonquian theme marking does not form a natural class, but instead varies both across languages and across clause types. The languages under investigation are Blackfoot, a Plains Algonquian language spoken in ...

Google previewAgainst Authenticity (2014)

Why You Shouldn't Be Yourself by Simon Feldman

The first claim is a conceptual one about the nature of authenticity and it is simply that authenticity is, essentially, a matter of how one...

Google previewLove's Knowledge (1992)

Essays on Philosophy and Literature by Martha C. Nussbaum

The second claim is that certain truths about human life can only be fittingly and accurately stated in the language and ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

CLAIM ADJUSTMENT REASON CODE 52 CLAIM ADJUSTMENT REASON CODE: The code set for the difference between an original medical provider charge and ultimate reimbursement; a national administrative code set that identifies the ...

Google previewMultilingual Law Dictionary (1979)

by Lawrence Deems Egbert, Fernando Morales Macedo

claim demande (f); plainte (f); réclamation (f) demanda (f); petición (f); reclamación (f) Anspruch (m); ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Real Estate Forms & Agreements (2009)

A Complete Kit of Ready-to-use Checklists, Worksheets, Forms, and Contracts with Companion CD-ROM. by Atlantic Publishing Co

concerning all issues in connection with the division of the community property of both parties and all rights and claims of each party. Both parties understand in or to the separate property of either of them, and of each and every claim of ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The third claim is that the rules of language are acquired in a predictable order. This is less contentious, for there is empirical evidence for some degree of ordering of the acquisition of morpheme sequences, for example, and linguists who ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


claim; claim in equity || créance (prétention) légitime; juste titre | Eigentums~;

Google previewThe Blackfoot Dictionary of Stems, Roots, and Affixes (2015)

by Donald G. Frantz, Norma Jean Russell

claim (something) asone'sown; ohpowáánssit! claim (s.t.) asyourown!; áakohpowaanssivvashe will claim (s.t.) asherown; ...

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Usage statistics about claim

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb claim:

spoken English21.15%written English78.85% imaginative writing18.12%informational writing81.88%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun claim:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb claim:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb claim and its most common antonyms:

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Quotes about Claim

History has proven, God has never given anyone a dream Without also including the power to achieve that dream It is up to us to claim the power and go after that dream, Or just claim , it was only a dream.
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Scrabble value of C3L1A1I1M3

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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