"claims" in the noun sense
an assertion of a right (as to money or property
"his claim asked for damages"
an assertion that something is true or factual
"his claim that he was innocent"
"evidence contradicted the government's claims"
demand for something as rightful or due
"they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"
4. claim, title
an informal right to something
"his claim on her attentions"
"his title to fame"
5. title, claim
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"
6. call, claim
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
"claims" in the verb sense
assert or affirm strongly state to be true or existing
"He claimed that he killed the burglar"
2. claim, lay claim, arrogate
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"
ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
"They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
4. claim, take
lay claim to as of an idea
"She took credit for the whole idea"
5. claim, take, exact
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"
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