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claim
     n 1: an assertion of a right (as to money or property); "his
          claim asked for damages"
     2: an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim
        that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the
        government's claims"
     3: demand for something as rightful or due; "they struck in
        support of their claim for a shorter work day"
     4: an informal right to something; "his claim on her
        attentions"; "his title to fame" [syn: {title}]
     5: 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" [syn: {title}]
     6: a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty" [syn: {call}]
     v 1: assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He
          claimed that he killed the burglar" [ant: {disclaim}]
     2: 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" [syn: {lay claim}, {arrogate}]
        [ant: {forfeit}]
     3: ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for
        example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
     4: lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole
        idea" [syn: {take}] [ant: {disclaim}]
     5: 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" [syn: {take}, {exact}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0


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