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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLAIMING

No one with a conscience in him will think of claiming any merit for himself.

A temple is set at the end of the point, as if claiming the land for its own.

We may therefore begin by claiming this presumption in their favour.

I am very sorry that my claiming to be the evil influence has had so little effect.

We had imagined that the pleasures of the town were claiming your entire attention.

Here's the King of Prussia, claiming a right to this kingdom!'

A little while ago the Germans were claiming our Shakspeare.

This week he was claiming he used to be a watchmaker before he began to shake.

I refrained from provoking him any further than to persist in claiming possession of my boat.

Claiming that the defendant had been denied her right of trial by jury.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority," from accented stem of Old French clamer "to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare," from Latin clamare "to cry out, shout, proclaim," from PIE *kele- (2) "to shout," imitative (cf. Sanskrit usakala "cock," literally "dawn-calling;" Latin calare "to announce solemnly, call out;" Middle Irish cailech "cock;" Greek kalein "to call," kelados "noise," kledon "report, fame;" Old High German halan "to call;" Old English hlowan "to low, make a noise like a cow;" Lithuanian kalba "language"). Related: Claimed; claiming.

Meaning "to maintain as true" is from 1864; specific sense "to make a claim" (on an insurance company) is from 1897. Claim properly should not stray too far from its true meaning of "to demand recognition of a right."

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