claim1 [ kleım ] verb ***
▸ 1 say something is true
▸ 2 say something is yours
▸ 3 when something kills someone
▸ 4 need attention/time
▸ 5 win prize in sport
1. ) transitive to say that something is true, even though there is no definite proof:
claim (that): The report claimed that hundreds of civilians had crossed the border to escape the fighting.
He claims he is innocent.
claim to do something: The organization claims to represent more than 20,000 firms.
a ) to say that someone's actions are the cause of something, especially in a court of law:
She is claiming sexual harassment against her boss.
2. ) transitive to say that something is yours, especially as a right:
Henry VII claimed the English throne after defeating Richard III.
Has anyone claimed the wallet I turned in yesterday?
claim credit/responsibility/victory etc. (=say it is yours): I can't claim all the credit for our success.
a ) intransitive or transitive to officially ask for money that you believe you have a right to:
The back of the form tells you how to claim your refund.
b ) transitive to officially ask for something as a right:
She claimed political asylum in 1986.
3. ) transitive MAINLY JOURNALISM if war, disease, or an accident claims someone's life, they die as a result of it:
The severe flooding has claimed over 500 lives.
The meningitis outbreak claimed a third victim today.
4. ) transitive to need something such as your attention or time:
Several more urgent matters were claiming her attention.
5. ) transitive MAINLY JOURNALISM to win something such as a prize or a top position in a sport:
1976 was the year Borg claimed his first Wimbledon title.
claim 2 [ kleım ] noun count ***
▸ 1 statement without proof
▸ 2 request for money, etc.
▸ 3 right to something
▸ 4 right to attention/love
▸ 5 piece of land
1. ) a statement that something is true that you have no definite proof of:
The victim's claims were ignored by the police.
claim of: claims of bullying
claim that: I don't believe his claim that he fought in Vietnam.
make a claim: Some of the early claims that were made were plainly false.
2. ) an official request for money that you believe you have a right to:
Your claim should reach us no later than January 31.
an insurance claim
claim for: a claim for Social Security benefits
a ) an official request for the right to something:
an asylum claim
claim for: a claim for the right to safe passage
3. ) a statement that you have the legal right to something:
claim to: Britain's claim to the territories was found to be unlawful.
a ) a right to something because of your efforts or achievements:
have a claim to something: Despite their second-place finish, they have a claim to be considered the best team in the league.
b ) a legal right to something:
She has no claim on her husband's estate.
c ) lay claim to something to say officially that you believe that something belongs to you
=> STAKE 2
4. ) claim on a right to someone's attention, love, etc.:
There are so many competing claims on our attention these days.
have a claim on someone/something: They had helped Franco to victory, and that gave them a claim on his gratitude.
5. ) a piece of land that was not owned before and that you say belongs to you
claim to fame OFTEN HUMOROUS
the thing that makes a person or place famous or interesting:
My claim to fame is that I once shook hands with Nelson Mandela.
make no claim to be something
to admit that you do not have a particular quality or ability:
I make no claim to be knowledgeable on the subject.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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