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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.
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    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.



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