state or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof: [with clause]:he claimed that he came from a wealthy, educated family [with direct speech]:“I’m entitled to be conceited,” he claimed [with object]:these sunblocks claim protection factors as high as 34
[with object] assert that one has gained or achieved (something):his supporters claimed victory in the presidential elections
[with object] formally request or demand; say that one owns or has earned (something):if no one claims the items, they will become government property
[with object] make a demand for (money) under the terms of an insurance policy:she could have claimed the cost through her insurance
call for (someone’s notice and thought):a most unwelcome event claimed his attention
cause the loss of (someone’s life).
1an assertion of the truth of something, typically one that is disputed or in doubt: [with clause]:he was dogged by the claim that he had CIA linkshistory belies statesmen’s claims to be in charge of events
2a demand or request for something considered one’s due:the court had denied their claims to asylum
an application for compensation under the terms of an insurance policy.
a right or title to something:they have first claim on the assets of the trust
(also mining claim) a piece of land allotted to or taken by someone in order to be mined.
claim to fame
a reason for being regarded as unusual or noteworthy:his claim to fame was bringing Garbo to Hollywood
Middle English: from Old French claime (noun), clamer (verb), from Latin clamare 'call out'