Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] claim pronunciation in American English /kleɪm/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    a statement that something is true, even though you have no definite proof

    The victim’s claims were ignored by the police.

    claim of:

    claims of bullying

    claim that:

    I don’t believe his claim that he fought in Vietnam.

    make a claim:

    Some of the early claims that were made were plainly false.

  2. 2
    an official request for money that you believe you have a right to

    Your claim should reach us no later than January 31.

    an insurance claim

    claim for:

    a claim for Social Security benefits

    1. a.
      an official request for the right to something

      an asylum claim

      claim for:

      a claim for the right to stay in Britain

  3. 3
    a statement that you have the legal right to something
    claim to:

    Britain’s claim to the territories was found to be unlawful.

    1. a.
      a right to something because of your efforts or achievements
      have a claim to something:

      Despite their second-place finish, they have a claim to be considered the best team in the league.

    2. b.
      a legal right to something

      She has no claim on her husband’s estate.

    See also stake2
  4. 4
    a right to someones attention, love, etc.
    claim on:

    There are so many competing claims on our attention these days.

    have a claim on someone/something:

    They had helped Franco to victory, and that gave them a claim on his gratitude.



… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog