[uh-shoo r, uh-shur]
- to declare earnestly to; inform or tell positively; state with confidence to: She assured us that everything would turn out all right.
- to cause to know surely; reassure: He assured himself that no one was left on the bus.
- to pledge or promise; give surety of; guarantee: He was assured a job in the spring.
- to make (a future event) sure; ensure: This contract assures the company's profit this month.
- to secure or confirm; render safe or stable: to assure a person's position.
- to give confidence to; encourage.
- Chiefly British. to insure, as against loss.
Origin of assure
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Examples from the Web for assure
Nobody can assure anybody and some of these authorities at the crematorium have very little background in science.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
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There will be an early vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, which enough Democrats support to assure passage.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
Harvey J. Kaye
October 22, 2014
I assure you there isn't a single local businessman who doesn't know the name Germán Goyeneche.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
Having known a few presidents myself, I can assure you that there is little time to truly unwind, even on “vacation.”Yes, Obama Was Right to Golf After Foley
Daniel G. Hill
August 30, 2014
Those Westerners perform quite in that manner, I assure you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He could assure them they felt highly flattered at the reception which had been accorded them.Explorations in Australia
Oh, ma'am—you're very polite—I feel it a great compliment, I assure you.
Much against my liking, I assure you, said my brother, rudely interrupting her.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But I know what your duties will be, and I assure you, my dear Hester, you will find the thing cannot be done.Weighed and Wanting
- to cause to feel sure or certain; convinceto assure a person of one's love
- to promise; guaranteehe assured us that he would come
- to state positively or with assurance
- to make (an event) certain; ensure
- mainly British to insure against loss, esp of life
- property law another word for convey
C14: from Old French aseürer to assure, from Medieval Latin assēcūrāre to secure or make sure, from sēcūrus secure
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Word Origin and History for assure
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