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English definition of “claim”

claim

verb (DEMAND)    /kleɪm/
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 .Making appeals and requests 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 benefit has risen sharply this month . Don't forget to claim (for) your travelling expenses after the interview . 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.Social security and state benefits claim damages to make an official request for money after an accident , from the person who caused your injuries Making appeals and requestsInsurance
(Definition of claim verb (DEMAND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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