A claim is a statement. Some people who make claims are lying while others are telling the truth, so a claim can be true or false.
- The witness claimed that the defendant in the trial was driving a large black car.
- The manufacturer of this product claims that it is waterproof, but it isn’t.
- Ninety-seven percent of scientists claim that global warming is caused by human activity.
- An expert on art history claims that the painting is a forgery. (He says that it’s a copy of the original.)
- False claims about the young man’s behavior damaged his reputation.
- What kind of a claim is the company making about the effectiveness of its product?
- Is that a valid claim? (Is there any truth in the statement?)
We also use the word "claim" when referring to property rights or ownership.
- The French explorers who arrived before the other Europeans claimed the area for France.
- Settlers claimed the land for themselves, despite the fact that the native people had been living there for thousands of years.
- The winner of the contest claimed a cash prize of over a million dollars.
- A young mother appeared at the lost and found department to claim her child who was separated from her in the store.
- You can pick up your luggage in the baggage claim area after you get off of a plane.
Other words that are similar to "claim" are "proclaim" and "exclaim."
- The defendant proclaimed his innocence.
- "I’m innocent," he exclaimed.
To reclaim something it to get it back after it was taken away or lost.
- The soccer team reclaimed its title as world’s greatest when it won the World Cup.
- If your car is towed away because it was parked in the wrong place, you can reclaim it after paying a fee.
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Date of publication: August 31, 2016