claim


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Claim \Claim\ (kl[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Claimed
   (kl[=a]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Claiming.] [OE. clamen,
   claimen, OF. clamer, fr. L. clamare to cry out, call; akin to
   calare to proclaim, Gr. kalei^n to call, Skr. kal to sound,
   G. holen to fetch, E. hale haul.]
   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.
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   2. To proclaim. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   3. To call or name. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   4. To assert; to maintain. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Claim \Claim\, v. i.
   To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to
   have a claim.
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         We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one
         claims, came by his authority.           --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Claim \Claim\, n. [Of. claim cry, complaint, from clamer. See
   Claim, v. t.]
   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.
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   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.
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   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]
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   4. A loud call. [Obs.] --Spenser
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   To lay claim to, to demand as a right. "Doth he lay claim
      to thine inheritance?" --Shak.
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