lay claim



lay claim (third-person singular simple present lays claim, present participle laying claim, simple past and past participle laid claim)

  1. To say that something belongs to oneself.
    Spencer University lays claim to the recently published discovery.
    • 2013, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism (in The Guardian, 3 January 2013)[1]
      Argentina also lays claim to what is now Queen Elizabeth Land, as well as to other South Atlantic dependencies including South Georgia and the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands.
    Synonym: stake a claim to