claim

When you express your right to something, you're making a claim to it, like telling your sister, "This bowl of cereal is mine."

A claim is when you express your right to something that belongs to you, like your medical records or the deed to your home. When you make a claim or claim something, you're demanding it or saying it’s true. People claim dependents and deductions on their taxes. In court, you could claim you deserve money from an employer who cheated you. You could claim you can juggle chainsaws. With any kind of claim, you're going to have to prove it.

Primary Meanings of claim

1.
vn
assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
an assertion that something is true or factual
2.
v
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
3.
n
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
Full Definitions of claim
1

v assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

“He claimed that he killed the burglar”
Antonyms:
disclaim
make a disclaimer about
Types:
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pretend, profess
state insincerely
contend, postulate
maintain or assert
make out
try to establish
purport
have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
profess
practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
charge
make an accusatory claim
tax
make a charge against or accuse
complain
make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
Type of:
affirm
say yes to

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”
Synonyms:
arrogate, lay claim
take
lay claim to; as of an idea
Antonyms:
forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
Types:
pretend
put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
requisition
demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
arrogate, assign
make undue claims to having
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v lay claim to; as of an idea

Synonyms:
take
arrogate, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
Antonyms:
disclaim
renounce a legal claim or title to
Type of:
affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

v ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example

“They claimed on the maximum allowable amount”
Types:
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demand, exact
claim as due or just
counterclaim
set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim
demand
lay legal claim to
command
demand as one's due
call, call in
demand payment of (a loan)
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

n an assertion that something is true or factual

“his claim that he was innocent”
“evidence contradicted the government's claims
Types:
allegation, allegement
statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove
bill of Particulars
the particular events to be dealt with in a criminal trial; advises the defendant and the court of the facts the defendant will be required to meet
Type of:
assertion, asseveration, averment
a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

n an established or recognized right

“a strong legal claim to the property”
“he staked his claim
Synonyms:
title
Types:
own right
by title vested in yourself or by virtue of qualifications that you have achieved
entitlement
right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)
Type of:
legal right
a right based in law

n an assertion of a right (as to money or property)

“his claim asked for damages”
Types:
cause of action
a claim sufficient to demand judicial attention; the facts that give rise to right of action
dibs
a claim of rights
pretension
the advancing of a claim
Type of:
assertion, asseveration, averment
a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

n demand for something as rightful or due

“they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day”
Types:
insurance claim
demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
Type of:
demand
the act of demanding

n an informal right to something

“his claim on her attentions”
Synonyms:
title
Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
2

v take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

“the accident claimed three lives”
Synonyms:
exact, take
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
require as useful, just, or proper
Type of:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
require as useful, just, or proper
3

n a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

Synonyms:
call
Type of:
demand
an urgent or peremptory request

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