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  • adv. Certainly, undoubtedly, admittedly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. certainly; without doubt; as, Shall you do? To be sure I shall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. admittedly


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  • Mr. Malamud, my chemistry teacher, spent some time with me after class to be sure I was up-to-date with the class.


  • By January 1998 I had accumulated twenty stays and—just to be sure I was indeed on the right track—I called the Golden Circle Center in Hong Kong.

    Experiential Marketing

  • Remembers Bob Gustafson, “I think he wanted to be sure everything was right.”

    First Man

  • He gave us precise directions, walked with us a little ways to be sure we werent going to get lost, then bade us such a sincere and affectionate buon appetito that I wished, afterward, wed invited him to join us.

    The Italian Summer

  • With the Madrid Middle East peace process still shaky, however, Baker declined to pull the trigger, although he said we should do everything else necessary to be sure we could move out quickly once the word was given.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • And if you planned on hitting a driver, you had to wait to be sure no golfers were coming up the fourthwhich ran perpendicular to the end of the range.

    The Italian Summer

  • The formal job was created in 1954 when Eisenhower lost his temper over mismanagement of White House paperworkAndys initial task was to be sure it flowed smoothly, to the right people.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • They needed to be sure that all the Arkon-B was destroyed.

    The Ark

  • Federals who saw them coming to the Court House had to look a second time to be sure what it was they beheld: "The regimental battle-flags . . . crowded so thick, by thinning out of men, that the whole column seemed crowned with red."


  • Focus group interviews with members of the intended audience for the entertainment-education messages fertile-aged men and women in St. Lucia were carried out by the campaign planners, to be sure that the campaign messages were understood but did not offend.

    Diffusion of Innovations


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