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I UK [kleɪm] / US verb
Word forms "claim":
present tense I/you/we/they claim he/she/it claims present participle claiming past tense claimed past participle claimed
a) [transitive] to say that something is true, even though there is no definite proof
claim (that):

The report claimed that hundreds of civilians had crossed the border to escape the fighting.

He claims he is innocent.

claim to do something:

The organization claims to represent more than 20,000 firms.

b) to say that someone's actions are the cause of something, especially in a court of law

She is claiming sexual harassment against her boss.

2) [transitive] to say that something is yours, especially as a right

Henry VII claimed the English throne after defeating Richard III.

Has anyone claimed the wallet I handed in yesterday?

claim credit/responsibility/victory etc (= say it is yours):

I can't claim all the credit for our success.

a) [intransitive/transitive] to officially ask for money that you believe you have a right to

The back of the form tells you how to claim your refund.

Are you claiming unemployment benefit?

claim on (= ask for money from an insurance policy):

Can you claim on your insurance for damage to furniture?

b) [transitive] to officially ask for something as a right

She claimed political asylum in 1986.

3) [transitive] mainly journalism if war, disease, or an accident claims someone's life, they die as a result of it

The flood has now claimed over 500 lives.

The meningitis outbreak claimed a third victim today.

4) [transitive] mainly journalism to win something such as a prize or a top position in sport

1976 was also the year Borg claimed his first Wimbledon title.

5) [transitive] to need something such as your attention or time

Several more urgent matters were claiming her attention.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [kleɪm] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "claim":
singular claim plural claims
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.

a) 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

b) an official request for the right to something

an asylum claim

claim for:

a claim for the right to stay in Britain

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

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

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.

b) a legal right to something

She has no claim on her husband's estate.

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

English dictionary. 2014.

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