American English

Definition of claim verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they claim
    he / she / it claims
    past simple claimed
    -ing form claiming
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    say something is true
  1. 1[transitive] to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it claim (that)… He claims (that) he was not given a fair hearing. claim (somebody/something) to be/do something I don't claim to be an expert. claim something Scientists are claiming a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer. it is claimed that… It was claimed that some doctors were working 80 hours a week. Language Bankargueverbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that his post-war work showed a significant deterioration in quality. Picasso himself claimed that good art is created, but great art is stolen. As Smith has noted, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. As the author points out, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. The writer challenges the notion that Picasso's sculpture was secondary to his painting. It has been suggested that/Sanchez suggests that Picasso's painting was influenced by jazz music.
  2. demand legal right
  3. 2[transitive] claim something to demand or ask for something because you believe it is your legal right to own or to have it A lot of lost property is never claimed. He claimed political asylum.
  4. money
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] to ask for money from the government or a company because you have a right to it claim something He's not entitled to claim unemployment. claim something from something She claimed damages from the company for the injury she had suffered. You could have claimed the cost of the hotel room from your insurance. claim (on something) (for something) You can claim on your insurance for that coat you left on the train.
  6. attention/thought
  7. 4[transitive] claim something to get or take someone's attention A most unwelcome event claimed his attention.
  8. gain/win
  9. 5[transitive] claim something to gain, win, or achieve something She has finally claimed a place on the team.
  10. cause death
  11. 6[transitive] claim something (of a disaster, an accident, etc.) to cause someone's death The car crash claimed three lives.
  12. Phrasal Verbsclaim somethingback
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: claim