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Verb: claim  kleym
  1. Assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
    "He claimed that he killed the burglar"
     
  2. Demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
    "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident";
    - lay claim, arrogate
     
  3. Ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
     
  4. Lay claim to; as of an idea
    "She claimed credit for the whole idea";
    - take
     
  5. Take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
    "the accident claimed three lives";
    - take, exact
Noun: claim  kleym
  1. An assertion of a right (as to money or property)
    "his claim asked for damages"
     
  2. An assertion that something is true or factual
    "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims"
     
  3. Demand for something as rightful or due
    "they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"
     
  4. An informal right to something
    "his claim on her attentions";
    - title
     
  5. An established or recognized right
    "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he staked his claim";
    - title
     
  6. A moral duty or demand
    - call

Derived forms: claims, claiming, claimed

Type of: affirm, ask, assert, assertion, asseveration, aver, averment, avow, bespeak, call for, demand, involve, legal right, necessitate, need, postulate, quest, request, require, right, swan, swear, take, verify

Antonym: disclaim, forfeit

Encyclopedia: Claim