“claim”: What does this word actually mean in general context?

Can anyone please help me explaining the weight of the word claim in general purpose sentences?

For example, if I say

I will claim the amount.

Does it mean it is my right to get the amount, or it means that I may get the amount or may not?


There is no “general context” meaning of the word; the word “claim” can have one of many meanings depending on its context. As for your example:

I will claim the amount.

The word “amount” suggests to me that money is involved, and therefore I can assume that the meaning is this one (as per dictionary.com):

to demand by or as by virtue of a right; demand as a right or as due: to claim an estate by inheritance.

Thus, if you claim an amount, you declare that you have a right to that amount.

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