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English definition of “claim”

claim

verb     /kleɪm/
SAY [T] B2 a statement that something is true, although you have not proved it: [+ (that)] She claimed that the dog attacked her. [+ to do sth] He claims to have seen a ghost.Saying and utteringSaying againAnnouncing, informing and stating
claim credit/responsibility/success, etc to say that you have done or achieved something: No one has claimed responsibility for yesterday's bomb attack. → Opposite disclaimAnnouncing, informing and stating
DEMAND [I, T] B2 to ask for something because it belongs to you or you have the right to have it: She claimed $2,500 in travel expenses. If no one claims the watch, then you can keep it.Social security and state benefitsMaking appeals and requests
KILL [T] If an accident, war, etc claims lives, people are killed because of it: The floods claimed over 200 lives.KillingMurder and attempted murder
(Definition of claim verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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