(1)   Demand for something as rightful or due
"They struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"
(2)   An informal right to something
"His claim on her attentions"
"His title to fame"
(3)   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"
(4)   An assertion of a right (as to money or property)
"His claim asked for damages"
(5)   An assertion that something is true or factual
"His claim that he was innocent"
"Evidence contradicted the government's claims"
(6)   A demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"


(7)   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"
(8)   Assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
"He claimed that he killed the burglar"
(9)   Lay claim to; as of an idea
"She took credit for the whole idea"
(10)   Ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
"They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
(11)   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"


From < , < , connected with , cognate to Ancient Greek .


  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

  • Demand ownership of land not previously owned. One usually stakes a claim.
  • The legal sense. One usually makes a claim. See :Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take


  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.