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claim

verb uk   /kleɪm/ us  

claim verb (SAY)

B2 [T] to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it: [+ (that)] The company claims (that) it is not responsible for the pollution in the river. [+ to infinitive] He claims to have met the president, but I don't believe him. All parties have claimed success in yesterday's elections. An unknown terrorist group has claimed responsibility for this morning's bomb attack. [T] If an organization or group claims a particular number of members, that number of people are believed to belong to it.
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claim verb (DEMAND)

B2 [T] to ask for something of value because you think it belongs to you or because you think you have a right to it: The police said that if no one claims the watch, you can keep it. When King Richard III died, Henry VII claimed the English throne.B2 [I or T] to make a written demand for money from a government or organization because you think you have a right to it: The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has risen sharply this month. Don't forget to claim (for) your travelling expenses after the interview. UK When my bike was stolen, I claimed on the insurance and got £150 back. UK If the shop won't give me a replacement TV, I'll claim my money back.claim damages to make an official request for money after an accident, from the person who caused your injuries
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claim

noun [C] uk   /kleɪm/ us  

claim noun [C] (STATEMENT)

C1 a statement that something is true or is a fact, although other people might not believe it: He said the police assaulted him while he was in custody, a claim that the police deny. [+ that] The government's claim that it would reduce taxes proved false. Can you give any evidence to support your claim? He made wild claims about being able to cure cancer.
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claim noun [C] (DEMAND)

B2 a written request asking an organization to pay you an amount of money that you believe they owe you: After her house was burgled, she made a claim on her insurance. Please submit your claim for travelling expenses to the accounts department. a right to have something or get something from someone: She has no rightful claim to the title. Our neighbours have no claim to (= cannot say that they own) that strip of land between our houses. My ex-wife has no claims on me (= has no right to any of my money).
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