Topic: LAW


2 noun
claim2 S2 W1 [countable]


a statement that something is true, even though it has not been proved
claim that
Gould rejected claims that he had acted irresponsibly.
false/extravagant/dubious etc claims
firms that make false claims about their products
They made claims they couldn't live up to.
the competing claims of scientists
dispute/deny/reject a claim
The police denied claims that the men were tortured.
Evidence to support these claims is still lacking.
claim to do/be something
his claim to be the rightful owner of the painting
I make no claim to understand the complexities of the situation.


a) an official request for money that you think you have a right to
claim for
claims for compensation
reject/uphold/lose etc a claim
He lost his claim for unfair dismissal.
make/put in/file a claim
All claims should be made in writing.
pay/wage claim (=a request from workers for more money)
Fill in and return the claim form as soon as it arrives.
b) the sum of money you request when you make a claim:
The insurance company cannot meet (=pay) such enormous claims.


a right to do something or to have something, especially because it belongs to you or because you deserve it
claim to/on
Surely they have a rightful claim on their father's land?
The Maldives pressed its claim to hold the summit.
Philip feared Edward would lay claim to the Scottish crown.
the competing claims of parents and teachers
have a claim on somebody's time/attention etc
A woman who has given a man children will always have a claim on his love.

stake your claim (for something)

to say that you have a right to own or do something, especially when other people also say they have a right to it:
Tickets are on a 'first come, first served' basis, so stake your claim now.

somebody's/something's claim to fame

a place or person's claim to fame is the reason why they are famous - often used humorously to mention something that is not very important:
My main claim to fame is that I once shook Elvis's hand.


something such as a piece of land that contains valuable minerals

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