(noun, verb)


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

- his claim asked for damages

Definition categories: communication, assertion, asseveration, averment

2. an assertion that something is true or factual

- his claim that he was innocent

- evidence contradicted the government's claims

Definition categories: communication, assertion, asseveration, averment

3. demand for something as rightful or due

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

Definition categories: act, demand

4. an informal right to something

- his claim on her attentions

Similar word(s): title

Definition categories: attribute, right

5. an established or recognized right

- a strong legal claim to the property

- he staked his claim

Similar word(s): title

Definition categories: attribute

6. a demand especially in the phrase

Similar word(s): call

Definition categories: communication, demand


1. assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

- He claimed that he killed the burglar

Definition categories: communication, affirm

2. 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

Similar word(s): arrogate

Definition categories: possession, bespeak, quest, request

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

- They claimed on the maximum allowable amount

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

4. lay claim to; as of an idea

Similar word(s): take

Definition categories: communication, affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify

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

- the accident claimed three lives

Similar word(s): exact, take

Definition categories: communication, ask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take