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English definition of “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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