American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To inform positively, as to remove doubt: assured us that the train would be on time.
- v. To cause to feel sure: assured her of his devotion.
- v. To give confidence to; reassure.
- v. To make certain; ensure: "Nothing in history assures the success of our civilization” ( Herbert J. Muller).
- v. To make safe or secure.
- v. Chiefly British To insure, as against loss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make sure or certain; convince or make confident, as by a promise, declaration, or other evidence: as, to assure a person of one's favor or love.
- To declare solemnly to; assert earnestly to; endeavor to convince by assertion: as, I assure you I am speaking the truth.
- To secure or confirm; make sure to be or to continue; give certainty or stability to: as, to assure a person's position or possessions.
- To free from obscurity, ambiguity, or uncertainty.
- To embolden; make confident.
- To affiance; betroth.
- To insure, as against loss. Synonyms Insure, Assure (see
insure); to asseverate to, encourage, vouch to, warrant.
- To confide; trust.
- To promise; pledge one's self.
- v. transitive To make sure and secure.
- v. transitive To give (someone) confidence in the trustworthiness of (something).
- v. obsolete To guarantee, promise (to do something).
- v. To reassure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make sure or certain; to render confident by a promise, declaration, or other evidence.
- v. To declare to, solemnly; to assert to (any one) with the design of inspiring belief or confidence.
- v. To confirm; to make certain or secure.
- v. obsolete To affiance; to betroth.
- v. (Law) To insure; to covenant to indemnify for loss, or to pay a specified sum at death. See Insure.
- v. assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
- v. make certain of
- v. cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
- v. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
- v. inform positively and with certainty and confidence
- v. make a promise or commitment
- From Old French asseürer (Modern French assurer), from Latin ad- + securus ("secure"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English assuren, from Old French assurer, from Vulgar Latin *assēcūrāre, to make sure : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin sēcūrus, secure; see secure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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