› to state that something is true, although you may not be able to prove it: Union representatives claim that workers were forced to work overtime without pay.
› INSURANCE to officially request that an insurance company pay for costs relating to an accident, damage to property, etc.
› to request payment for money you are owed by a government department or company: claim benefits/tax relief/income support The self employed may claim income tax relief as an allowance in their income tax assessment.
› LAW to state that you have a legal right to own something such as a property, business, or title: If there are no relatives to claim the estate, the deceased's property will be reverted to the state.
claim damages › LAW to officially request payment from someone who is responsible for an injury, loss, etc.: A breach of warranty will give the purchaser the right to claim damages from the vendor.