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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.

luggage  luggage

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



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