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Dictionary definition for: Claim

1. (v) assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He claimed that he killed the burglar"

2. (n) an assertion of a right (as to money or property) "his claim asked for damages"

3. (v) demand as being one''s due or property; assert one''s right or title to; "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter" "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"

4. (n) an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent" "evidence contradicted the government''s claims"

5. (v) ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"

6. (n) demand for something as rightful or due; "they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"

7. (v) lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea"

8. (n) an informal right to something; "his claim on her attentions" "his title to fame"

9. (v) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives" "The hard work took its toll on her"

10. (n) an established or recognized right; "a strong legal claim to the property" "he had no documents confirming his title to his father''s estate" "he staked his claim"

11. (n) a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

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