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claim

verb [T]  us   /kleɪm/

claim verb [T] (SAY)

to state that something is true or is a fact: [+ (that) clause] Ervin claims (that) he is bankrupt.

claim verb [T] (REQUEST)

to demand something of value because you believe it belongs to you or you have a right to it: If no one claims the money, I can keep it. If a storm, crime, or other violence claims someone’s life, the person was killed suddenly as a result of that event: The earthquake claimed hundreds of lives.

claim

noun [C]  us   /kleɪm/

claim noun [C] (REQUEST)

a written request to an organization to pay you a sum of money which you believe it owes you: After the storm, dozens of claims were filed to collect crop insurance. A claim is also a statement saying that you have a right to something: They asserted their claim to citizenship.
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