assert

[ uh-surt ]
/ əˈsɜrt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. assent,
  2. assentation,
  3. assentient,
  4. assentor,
  5. asser,
  6. asserted,
  7. assertedly,
  8. assertion,
  9. assertive,
  10. assertively

Idioms

    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

Synonym study

1. See declare. 2. See maintain.

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British Dictionary definitions for assert

assert

/ (əˈsɜːt) /

verb (tr)

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 Formsasserter or assertor, nounassertible, adjective

Word Origin for assert

C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join

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Word Origin and History for assert

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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