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claim

verb [T]
 
 
/kleɪm/
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.
(Definition of claim verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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