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assured

[uh-shoo rd, uh-shurd]
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adjective
  1. guaranteed; sure; certain; secure: an assured income.
  2. bold; confident; authoritative: His art was both assured and facile.
  3. boldly presumptuous.
  4. Chiefly British. insured, as against loss.
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noun
  1. Insurance.
    1. the beneficiary under a policy.
    2. the person whose life or property is covered by a policy.
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Origin of assured

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at assure, -ed2
Related formsas·sur·ed·ly [uh-shoo r-id-lee, uh-shur-] /əˈʃʊər ɪd li, əˈʃɜr-/, adverbas·sur·ed·ness, nouno·ver·as·sured, adjectiveo·ver·as·sur·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·as·sur·ed·ness, nounun·as·sured, adjectiveun·as·sur·ed·ly, adverbun·as·sur·ed·ness, nounwell-as·sured, adjective

assure

[uh-shoo r, uh-shur]
verb (used with object), as·sured, as·sur·ing.
  1. to declare earnestly to; inform or tell positively; state with confidence to: She assured us that everything would turn out all right.
  2. to cause to know surely; reassure: He assured himself that no one was left on the bus.
  3. to pledge or promise; give surety of; guarantee: He was assured a job in the spring.
  4. to make (a future event) sure; ensure: This contract assures the company's profit this month.
  5. to secure or confirm; render safe or stable: to assure a person's position.
  6. to give confidence to; encourage.
  7. Chiefly British. to insure, as against loss.
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Origin of assure

1325–75; Middle English as(e)uren, assuren < Old French aseurer < Late Latin assēcūrāre, equivalent to Latin as- as- + sēcūr- (see secure) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related formsas·sur·er, as·su·ror, nounin·ter·as·sure, verb (used with object), in·ter·as·sured, in·ter·as·sur·ing.pre·as·sure, verb (used with object), pre·as·sured, pre·as·sur·ing.un·as·sur·ing, adjective
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  • But Mr. Paine assured her that letters were likely to be irregular, and there was no ground for alarm.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The captain had assured him that neither his wife nor son knew aught of his savings.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "You grow dearer every minute," she assured them on her last night at home.

  • And there was a certain something in the sound of them that assured her that they rose in the house.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He would certainly find her at the cottage, Dixon assured him.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for assured

assured

adjective
  1. made certain; sure; guaranteed
  2. self-assured
  3. mainly British insured, esp by a life assurance policy
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noun
  1. mainly British
    1. the beneficiary under a life assurance policy
    2. the person whose life is insured
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Derived Formsassuredly (əˈʃʊərɪdlɪ), adverbassuredness, noun

assure

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to cause to feel sure or certain; convinceto assure a person of one's love
  2. to promise; guaranteehe assured us that he would come
  3. to state positively or with assurance
  4. to make (an event) certain; ensure
  5. mainly British to insure against loss, esp of life
  6. property law another word for convey
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Derived Formsassurable, adjectiveassurer, noun

Word Origin

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 assured

adj.

of persons, "confident, self-assured," late 14c., past participle adjective from assure. Related: Assuredly; assuredness.

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assure

v.

late 14c., from Old French asseurer (12c., Modern French assurer) "to reassure, calm, protect, to render sure," from Vulgar Latin *assecurar, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + securus "safe, secure" (see secure (adj.)). Related: Assured; assuring.

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