claims; claimed; claim·ing
▪ The man claimed (that) he was a long-lost relative
2 a : to say that you have (something)
▪ He claims a connection to British royalty. ▪ The organization claims 10,000 members. ▪ He claimedignorance of the robbery. [=he said that he had no knowledge about the robbery]
b : to say that (something) belongs to you or that you deserve (something)
▪ The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. ▪ New Yorkers proudly claim the artist as one of their own. ▪ Both of them claimed credit for the idea. ▪ No one ever claimed authorship for the poem.