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noun [countable] claim pronunciation in British English /kleɪm/
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  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 31 January.
    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
    See also no-claims bonus
  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: Tottenham’s goalkeeper has a valid claim to the title of Britain’s best.
    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.



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