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claim

 
 
pronunciation:
kleIm
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
phrases:
lay claim to
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: claims, claiming, claimed
definition 1: to assert ownership; demand as one's right.
The settlers claimed a parcel of land along the river.He was in a hurry to claim a seat in the front row.
synonyms:
demand
antonyms:
disclaim, disown, renounce, surrender
similar words:
collect, exact, expropriate, postulate, requisition, take
definition 2: to state (something) as true although not proven or universally accepted to be true; assert, contend.
He claimed that the new discovery was his.[verb + (that) + clause ] The advertisers claim that their product cleans better than similar products.[verb + (that) + clause ] Some scientists claim that these skeletal remains are much older than what was once believed.[verb + (that) + clause ] The imposter claimed to be the heir to the throne.[verb + infinitive ]
synonyms:
affirm, assert, aver, maintain
antonyms:
deny
similar words:
allege, argue, asseverate, contend, declare, predicate, pretend, proclaim, profess, purport
definition 3: to require or call for.
Her children claimed nearly all of her attention.
synonyms:
call for, demand, require
similar words:
command, entreat, need, take
definition 4: to take.
The tornado claimed several lives.The freezing temperatures claimed four victims.
similar words:
destroy, eliminate, kill, overcome, vanquish
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a demand for something as one's right; assertion of ownership.
Her brother still has a claim on the property.
similar words:
call, exaction, request, right, title
definition 2: a statement that is maintained to be true although it is not proven or universally accepted to be true.
Nobody believed his claim of seeing a UFO.
synonyms:
affirmation, assertion, profession
similar words:
allegation, avowal, declaration, postulation
definition 3: an act of claiming, or that which is claimed.
He questioned her claim of loyalty.
synonyms:
affirmation, assertion, statement
similar words:
declaration, demand, proclamation
definition 4: title or right to something, such as payment required by the terms of an insurance policy or the like.
Did you file a claim with your insurance company when that tree fell on your roof?
synonyms:
droit, right, title
similar words:
deed, desert, dibs, due, ownership, prerogative, pretension, tenure
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phrase: lay claim to