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  • n  an assertion of a right (as to money or property)
    his claim asked for damages
  • n  an assertion that something is true or factual
    his claim that he was innocent
    evidence contradicted the government's claims
  • n  demand for something as rightful or due
    they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day
  • n  an informal right to something
    his claim on her attentions
  • n  an established or recognized right
    a strong legal claim to the property
    he staked his claim
  • n  a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
  • v  assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
    He claimed that he killed the burglar
  • 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
  • v  ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    They claimed on the maximum allowable amount
  • v  lay claim to; as of an idea
  • v  take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
    the accident claimed three lives
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  • Hillary Rodham Clinton in The Associated Press
    Some of the countries engaging in these behaviors still claim to be democracies,Clinton said, adding, "Democracies don't fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate."
  • D Jeffrey Meldrum in Sydney Morning Herald
    Jeffrey Meldrum, a prominent Bigfoot researcher, told science journal Scientific American: "I'm extremely sceptical about this Bigfoot claim. I've had interactions with Tom Biscardi [a well-known Bigfoot hunter who is holding the press conference]...
  • Ayman al-Zawahri in Washington Post
    What they claim to be the strongest power in the history of mankind is today being defeated in front of the Muslim vanguards of jihad six years after the two raids on New York and Washington,al-Zawahri said, speaking in what appeared to be an...

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