(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. ask, demand, requisition, require; lay claim to; informal, contend, allege, assert. —n. demand, requisition, requirement, prerogative; lien, hold; plea, counterclaim; title. See affirmation, command, lawsuit, possession, rightness, justice.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. demand, declaration, pretense, requisition, profession, entreaty, petition, suit, ultimatum, call, request, requirement, application, postulation, protestation, case, pretension, assertion, allegation, plea, counterclaim, right, interest, title, part, stake; see also appeal 1 , contention 2 .
Ant. disclaimer, renunciation*, repudiation.
lay claim to,
Syn. demand, stake out a claim to, appropriate; see claim 1 , require 2 , seize 2 .
1. [To assert a claim to]
Syn. demand, lay claim to, stake out a claim, exact, challenge, claim as one's due, demand as a right, command, insist upon, pretend to, assert one's right to, make a stand, call upon one for, petition, ask for, call for, require, deserve, have dibs on*; see also require 2 .
Ant. disclaim, renounce, abandon.
2. [To assert]
Syn. insist, maintain, allege, profess; see declare 1 , pretend 1 .
See Synonym Study at require .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. demand take, seek, petition, *have dibs on, exact, expropriate, attach.
2. assert maintain, insist, allege, proclaim, declare, hold, profess, defend, contend.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To assert one's right to: demand. Idiom: lay claim to. See GIVE, OWNED, REQUEST. 2. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example): assert, vindicate. See ATTACK. 3. To put into words positively and with conviction: affirm, allege, argue, assert, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, hold, maintain, say, state. Idiom: have it. See AFFIRM. 4. To ask for urgently or insistently: call for, demand, exact, insist on (or upon), require, requisition. Idiom: cry out for. See REQUEST. II noun 1. The act of demanding: call, cry, demand, exaction, requisition. See REQUEST. 2. A legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due: pretense, pretension, title. Slang: dibs. See OWNED, REQUEST. 3. A right or legal share in something: interest, portion, stake, title. See PART. 4. The act of asserting positively: affirmation, allegation, assertion, asseveration, averment, declaration, statement. See AFFIRM.

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