American English

Definition of claim noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    saying something is true
  1. 1[countable] claim (that…) a statement that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not agree with or believe it The singer has denied the magazine's claim that she is leaving the band. a report examining claims of corrupt links between politicians
  2. legal right
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] claim (on/to something) a right that someone believes they have to something, especially property, land, etc. They had no claim on the land. She has more claim to the book's success than anybody (= she deserves to be praised for it).
  4. for money
  5. 3[countable] claim (for something) a request for a sum of money that you believe you have a right to, especially from a company, the government, etc. You can make a claim on your insurance policy. to put in a claim for an allowance a claim for $2,000 Make sure your claims for expenses are submitted by the end of the month. Complete a claim form (= an official document which you must use in order to request money from an organization).
  6. Thesaurusclaimallegation assertionThese are all words for a statement that something is true, although it has not been proven.claim a statement that something is true, although it has not been provenallegation (somewhat formal) a public statement that has not been proven, that accuses someone of doing something that is wrong or illegalassertion (somewhat formal) a statement of something that you strongly believe to be true, although it has not been provenclaim or assertion?When the point in doubt is a matter of opinion, not fact, use assertion:She made sweeping claims about the role of women in society.When you are talking about a matter of fact, you can use either word; an assertion may be slightly stronger than a claim and it is a more formal word.Patterns a(n) claim/allegation/assertion that… a(n) claim/allegation/assertion about/of something false/unfounded/conflicting claims/allegations/assertions to make/deny a(n) claim/allegation/assertion to withdraw a(n) claim/allegationIdioms
    claim to fame (often humorous)
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    one thing that makes a person or place important or interesting His main claim to fame is that he went to school with the President. The town's only claim to fame is the castle.
    have a claim on somebody
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    to have the right to demand time, attention, etc. from someone You have no claim on me any more.
    lay claim to something
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    to state that you have a right to own something He laid claim to the property.
    make no claim
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    used when you are saying that you cannot do something I make no claim to understand modern art.
    stake (out) a/your claim (to/for/on something)
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    to say or show publicly that you think something should be yours Adams staked his claim to a place on the Olympic team with his easy win yesterday.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: claim