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claim

verb (SAY)    /kleɪm/
B2 [T] to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it: [+ (that)] The company claims (that) it is not responsible for the pollution in the river. [+ to infinitive] He claims to have met the president, but I don't believe him. All parties have claimed success in yesterday's elections. An unknown terrorist group has claimed responsibility for this morning's bomb attack.Assertions and asserting [T] If an organization or group claims a particular number of members, that number of people are believed to belong to it.Having and owning - general words
(Definition of claim verb (SAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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