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assert

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verb (used with object)
  1. to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime.
  2. to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
  3. to state as having existence; affirm; postulate: to assert a first cause as necessary.
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Idioms
  1. assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.: The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
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Origin of assert

1595–1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsas·sert·er, as·ser·tor, nounas·sert·i·ble, adjectivemis·as·sert, verb (used with object)o·ver·as·sert, verb (used with object)pre·as·sert, verb (used with object)re·as·sert, verb (used with object)

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1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support.

Synonym study

1. See declare. 2. See maintain.

Antonyms

1. deny.
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Examples from the Web for re-assert

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Historical Examples

  • The things of the mind on which all nations have co-operated in the past will re-assert their sway.

  • On p. 155 the word "reassert" has been changed from "re-assert" to match the spelling elsewhere in the book.

  • I am glad here to re-assert opinions which it has grieved me to be suspected of having changed.

  • But the principle for which we contended is bound to re-assert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.

  • For this abandonment of any attempt to re-assert the royal authority he has been generally blamed.

    History of Holland

    George Edmundson


British Dictionary definitions for re-assert

assert

verb (tr)
  1. to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
  2. (may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
  3. to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
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Derived Formsasserter or assertor, nounassertible, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for re-assert

v.

also also reassert, 1660s, from re- + assert. Related: Reasserted; reasserting; reassertion.

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assert

v.

c.1600, "declare," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere "claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.

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