claim

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claim is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
claim

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
claim

Third-person singular
claims

Past tense
claimed

Past participle
claimed

Present participle
claiming

  1. (transitive) If you claim something, you say or write that it is true without proof.
    It is easy to claim that a god exists, but impossible to prove.
    He claims to be at home when the shooting happened.
    He often falsely claimed to be the president of various businesses.
  2. (transitive) If you claim something, you say or write that it belongs to you and often you take it.
    Once you are over 65, there are a variety of government benefits that you can claim.
    Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.
    Nobody has yet claimed the money that was lost last week.
    Passengers can claim their baggage at the bottom of the stairs.
    The incident in Kenya has claimed the world's attention.
  3. (transitive) If something claims a life, it kills people.
    The disease has claimed seven people in Taipei so far this month.
  4. All night I'm going to whip that thing Allstate better put a claim on it.

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Noun[change]

Singular
claim

Plural
claims

  1. (countable) A claim is something that you say or write without proof.
    It is difficult to believe claims that the world is ending.
    His claim to be the father is now being investigated.
  2. (countable) If you have a claim to something, you have the right, to own or do it.
    The government is disputing their claim to the land.
    The group has made a claim against the owner worth $1 million.
  3. (countable) A claim is something that you say you have the right to.
    They have begun looking for gold on their claim in Western Alberta.