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.

Definitions of claim
  1. verb
    assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
    “He claimed that he killed the burglar”
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    disclaim
    make a disclaimer about
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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
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    affirm
    say yes to
  2. verb
    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
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    forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
    lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
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    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
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  3. verb
    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
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    disclaim
    renounce a legal claim or title to
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    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  4. verb
    ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    “They claimed on the maximum allowable amount”
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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)
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  5. noun
    an assertion that something is true or factual
    “his claim that he was innocent”
    “evidence contradicted the government's claims
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    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
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    assertion, asseveration, averment
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
  6. noun
    an established or recognized right
    “a strong legal claim to the property”
    “he staked his claim
    synonyms: title
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    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)
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    legal right
    a right based in law
  7. noun
    an assertion of a right (as to money or property)
    “his claim asked for damages”
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    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
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    assertion, asseveration, averment
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
  8. noun
    demand for something as rightful or due
    “they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day”
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    insurance claim
    demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
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    demand
    the act of demanding
  9. noun
    an informal right to something
    “his claim on her attentions”
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    right
    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  10. verb
    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
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    ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
    require as useful, just, or proper
  11. noun
    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
    synonyms: call
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    demand
    an urgent or peremptory request
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