demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter|Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident
Synonym: claim, lay claim
make undue claims to having
Synonym: assign
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town|he usurped my rights|She seized control of the throne after her husband died