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[uh-surt] /əˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to assert a first cause as necessary.
assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.:
The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
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 forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
misassert, verb (used with object)
overassert, verb (used with object)
preassert, verb (used with object)
reassert, verb (used with object)
1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support.
1. deny.
Synonym Study
1. See declare. 2. See maintain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for reassert
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  • Now, as she spoke, her will seemed to reassert itself, and she struggled to break from me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • And here again we must reassert the significance of Lyly's appeal to women.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • But by degrees the evil spirits in some of the party began to reassert their power.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • And the moment after he would splurge and bluster to reassert his dignity.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • The time had arrived for Asia to reassert some of her old warlike might.

British Dictionary definitions for reassert


verb (transitive)
to assert (rights, claims, etc) again: he reasserted his belief


verb (transitive)
to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
Derived Forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for reassert



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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