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claim
WordNet 2.0
  • demand for something as rightful or due
  • "they struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day"
  • an informal right to something
  • "his claim on her attentions"
  • "his title to fame"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
  • 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"
  • assert or affirm strongly
  • state to be true or existing
  • "He claimed that he killed the burglar"
  • lay claim to
  • as of an idea
  • "She took credit for the whole idea"
  • ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
  • "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
  • 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"
claim
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To ask for, or seek to obtain, by virtue of authority, right, or supposed right; to challenge as a right; to demand as due.

    2. To proclaim. [Obs.] Spenser.

    3. To call or name. [Obs.] Spenser.

    4. To assert; to maintain. [Colloq.]

  • 1. To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.

    "We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one claims, came by his authority. Locke." --

  • 1. A demand of a right or supposed right; a calling on another for something due or supposed to be due; an assertion of a right or fact.

    2. A right to claim or demand something; a title to any debt, privilege, or other thing in possession of another; also, a title to anything which another should give or concede to, or confer on, the claimant. "A bar to all claims upon land." Hallam.

    3. The thing claimed or demanded; that (as land) to which any one intends to establish a right; as a settler's claim; a miner's claim. [U.S. & Australia]

    4. A loud call. [Obs.] Spenser

    To lay claim to
    to demand as a right. "Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?" Shak.

 

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Francis Bacon
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