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claimverb [T]

 us   /kleɪm/
  • claim verb [T] (SAY)

to ​state that something is ​true or is a ​fact: [+ (that) clause] Ervin claims (that) he is ​bankrupt.
  • claim verb [T] (REQUEST)

to ​demand something of ​value because you ​believe it ​belongs to you or you have a ​right to it: If no one claims the ​money, I can ​keep it.
If a ​storm, ​crime, or other ​violence claims someone’s ​life, the ​person was ​killedsuddenly as a ​result of that ​event: The ​earthquake claimed hundreds of ​lives.

claimnoun [C]

 us   /kleɪm/
  • claim noun [C] (REQUEST)

a written ​request to an ​organization to ​pay you a ​sum of ​money which you ​believe it ​owes you: After the ​storm, dozens of claims were ​filed to ​collectcropinsurance.
A claim is also a ​statement saying that you have a ​right to something: They ​assertedtheir claim to ​citizenship.
(Definition of claim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"claim" in British English

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claimverb

uk   /kleɪm/  us   /kleɪm/
  • claim verb (SAY)

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 ​unknownterroristgroup has claimed responsibility for this morning's ​bombattack.
[T] If an ​organization or ​group claims a ​particularnumber of ​members, that ​number of ​people are ​believed to ​belong to it.

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  • claim verb (DEMAND)

B2 [T] to ​ask for something of ​value because you ​think it ​belongs to you or because you ​think you have a ​right to it: The ​police said that if no one claims the ​watch, you can ​keep it. When King Richard III ​died, Henry VII claimed the ​Englishthrone.
B2 [I or T] to make a written ​demand for ​money from a ​government or ​organization because you ​think you have a ​right to it: The ​number of ​people claiming ​unemployment benefits has ​risensharply this ​month. Don't ​forget to claim (for)yourtravellingexpenses after the ​interview.UK When my ​bike was ​stolen, I claimed on the ​insurance and got £150 back.UK If the ​shop won't give me a ​replacement TV, I'll claim my ​money back.
claim damages
to make an ​officialrequest for ​money after an ​accident, from the ​person who ​causedyourinjuries

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claimnoun [C]

uk   /kleɪm/  us   /kleɪm/
  • claim noun [C] (STATEMENT)

C1 a ​statement that something is ​true or is a ​fact, ​although other ​people might not ​believe it: He said the ​policeassaulted him while he was in ​custody, a claim that the ​policedeny. [+ that] The government's claim that it would ​reducetaxesprovedfalse. Can you give any ​evidence to supportyour claim? He madewild claims about being ​able to ​curecancer.

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  • claim noun [C] (DEMAND)

B2 a written ​requestasking an ​organization to ​pay you an ​amount of ​money that you ​believe they ​owe you: After her ​house was ​burgled, she made a claim on her ​insurance. Please submityour claim fortravellingexpenses to the ​accountsdepartment.
a ​right to have something or get something from someone: She has no rightful claim to the ​title. Our ​neighbours have no claim to (= cannot say that they own) that ​strip of ​land between ​ourhouses. My ​ex-wife has no claims on me (= has no ​right to any of my ​money).

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(Definition of claim from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"claim" in Business English

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claimnoun [C]

uk   us   /kleɪm/
INSURANCE a ​request to an ​insurancecompany for ​paymentrelating to an accident, illness, ​damage to ​property, etc.: pay/refuse/settle a claim An ​insuranceadjuster will ​work with the ​injuredparty to ​settle the claim. file/make/submit a claim Do not ​submit a claim if the ​doctor or hospital is also ​filing a claim for the same ​service.
LAW a ​request to a ​court, ​governmentdepartment, or ​company for something such as ​money or ​property that you believe you have a ​legalright to: a claim for sth The Court of Appeal ​upheld his claim for ​damages for ​wrongfuldismissal.bring/file a claim against sb/sth He is now ​bringing an ​unfairdismissal claim against the ​company. a disability/​unemployment/​pension claim
LAW a ​legalright to own something such as a ​property, ​business, or ​title: have a claim on/to sth If you are ​jointowners, you have a claim on at least half the ​house. a legitimate/rightful/​valid claim
a ​statement of something you believe is ​true, although you have no ​proof: The ​courtrejected his claims that he was denied a ​promotiondue to ​discrimination.

claimverb [T]

uk   us   /kleɪm/
to ​state that something is ​true, although you may not be able to prove it: Union ​representatives claim that ​workers were ​forced to ​workovertime without ​pay.
INSURANCE to ​officiallyrequest that an ​insurancecompanypay for ​costsrelating to an accident, ​damage to ​property, etc.
to ​requestpayment for ​money you are ​owed by a ​governmentdepartment or ​company: claim benefits/tax relief/income support The ​selfemployed may claim ​incometaxrelief as an ​allowance in their ​incometaxassessment.
LAW to ​state that you have a ​legalright 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 ​officiallyrequestpayment 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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