an entitlement to something <I'm announcing my claim to that last slice of pizza>
a legal right to participation in the advantages, profits, and responsibility of something <a shareholder has a claim in the business>
a solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something <Galileo's claim that the moon has a very irregular surface and thus is not the perfect sphere that the ancients had imagined>
something that someone insists upon having <young children make great claims on their parents' time>
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