Definition of claim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kleɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪm//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they claim
    BrE BrE//kleɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪm//
    he / she / it claims
    BrE BrE//kleɪmz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪmz//
    past simple claimed
    BrE BrE//kleɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪmd//
    past participle claimed
    BrE BrE//kleɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪmd//
    -ing form claiming
    BrE BrE//ˈkleɪmɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkleɪmɪŋ//
    Legal processes, Motoring problems and accidents
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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. Synonymsclaimallegation assertionThese are all words for a statement that something is true, although it has not been proved.claim a statement that something is true, although it has not been proved.allegation (rather formal) a public statement that is made without giving proof, accusing somebody of doing something that is wrong or illegal.assertion (rather formal) a statement of something that you strongly believe to be true, although it has not been proved.claim or assertion? When the point in doubt is a matter of opinion, not fact, use assertion:She made sweeping claims about the role of women in society. When you are talking about a matter of fact you can use either word; an assertion may be slightly stronger than a claim and it is a more formal word.Patterns a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion that… a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion about/​of something false/​unfounded/​conflicting claims/​allegations/​assertions to make/​deny a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion to withdraw a(n) claim/​allegation Language BankargueVerbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that there is a significant deterioration in quality in his post-war work. 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 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. See related entries: Legal processes
  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 benefit. 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 somebody’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 somebody’s death The car crash claimed three lives. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  12. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French claime (noun), clamer (verb), from Latin clamare ‘call out’.Extra examples He tried to claim that he had acted in self-defence. The company had falsely claimed that its products were biodegradable. You can claim back some of the cost of your treatment. You might be entitled to claim compensation if you are injured at work. I don’t claim to be an expert. It was claimed that some doctors were working 80 hours a week. The family arrived in the UK in the 1990s and claimed political asylum. Phrasal Verbsclaim somethingback
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