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Definition of claim noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    claim

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kleɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kleɪm//
     
     
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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 somebody 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. a three per cent pay claim Complete a claim form (= an official document which you must use in order to request money from an organization).
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French claime (noun), clamer (verb), from Latin clamare ‘call out’.Extra examples Claims of corruption within the police force were denied. Four men laid claim to leadership of the country. He has a good claim to the land. His children have a claim on his estate. His claim for compensation was upheld in court. I have many claims on my time. She brought a claim for damages against the company. She had a prior claim on his affections. She renounced her claim to the property. The claim failed because the company had not been misled. The company had made false claims about its products. The police are investigating fraudulent claims for fire damage. There are conflicting claims about the cause of the fire. They accepted her claim that she had been ill-treated. They were able to produce witnesses to support their claim. We have heard claims like this many times before. We will need extra funds to meet all the insurance claims. You will have to prove your claim to the property in a court of law. a claim for compensation claims against the company for breach of contract claims arising out of accidents at work competing claims for public money excessive wage claims the central claim of the book to file a civil claim for damages to investigate claims about appalling prison conditions to make a claim on your insurance policy to stake a claim to some of the prize money Adams staked his claim for a place in the Olympic team with his easy win yesterday. Complete a claim form. He went back to lay claim to his inheritance. Make sure your claims for expenses are submitted by the end of the month. Nurses have put in a three per cent pay claim. She has more claim to the book’s success than anyone. The court ruled that they had no claim on the land. The princess was forced to renounce her claim to the throne. The report examines claims of corrupt links between politicians. The singer has denied the magazine’s claim that she is leaving the band.Idioms (often humorous) one thing that makes a person or place important or interesting His main claim to fame is that he went to school with the Prime Minister. 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 somebody You have no claim on me any more.
    to state that you have a right to own something He laid claim to the property. 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 for a place in the Olympic team with his easy win yesterday.
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