AskDefine | Define claim

Dictionary Definition



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 government's claims"
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]


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] [ant: forfeit]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary




From clamer.


  1. A demand of ownership made for something (eg. claim ownership, claim victory)
  2. A new statement of truth made about something
  3. A demand of ownership for previously unowned land (eg. in the gold rush, oil rush)
  4. A legal demand for compensation or damages.

Usage notes


a demand of ownership
a new statement of truth made about something
  • Finnish: väite
  • Finnish: thèse
  • German: Behauptung
  • Hebrew: טענה (t'a'na) , טיעון (t'i'un)
  • Italian: dichiarazione, affermazione
  • Portuguese: afirmação
  • Spanish: afirmación
  • Swedish: påstående
a demand of ownership for previously unowned land
a demand for compensation
  • Spanish: demanda


  1. To demand ownership of.
  2. To state a new fact.
  3. To demand ownership or right to use for land.
  4. To demand compensation or damages through the courts.


demanding ownership of something
  • Finnish: vaatia
  • German: beanspruchen
  • Italian: reclamare, rivendicare
  • Spanish: reclamar
to state a new fact
  • Dutch: beweren
  • Finnish: väittää
  • German: behaupten
  • Hebrew: לטעון (lit'on)
  • Italian: dichiarare, affermare
  • Portuguese: alegar, afirmar
  • Spanish: afirmar
demand ownership or right to use for land
demand compensation
  • Spanish: demandar


Extensive Definition

Claim may refer to:
See also: Disclaimer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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