Claim v. t. [imp. & p. p. Claimed p. pr. & vb. n. Claiming.]
1. 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. To proclaim. [Obs.]
3. To call or name. [Obs.]
4. To assert; to maintain. [Colloq.]
Claim, v. i. To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.
We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one claims, came by his authority. --Locke.
1. 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.
2. 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. “A bar to all claims upon land.”
3. 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. [U.S. & Australia]
4. A loud call. [Obs.]
To lay claim to, to demand as a right. “Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?”
n 1: an assertion of a right (as to money or property); "his
claim asked for damages"
2: an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim
that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the
3: demand for something as rightful or due; "they struck in
support of their claim for a shorter work day"
4: an informal right to something; "his claim on her
attentions"; "his title to fame" [syn: title]
5: 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" [syn: title]
6: a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty" [syn: call]
v 1: assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He
claimed that he killed the burglar" [ant: disclaim]
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" [syn: lay claim, arrogate]
3: ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for
example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
4: lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole
idea" [syn: take] [ant: disclaim]
5: 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" [syn: take, exact]