claim - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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 someone’s 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.

  5. 5
    a piece of land that was not owned before and that you say belongs to you