[uh-shoo rd, uh-shurd]


guaranteed; sure; certain; secure: an assured income.
bold; confident; authoritative: His art was both assured and facile.
boldly presumptuous.
Chiefly British. insured, as against loss.


  1. the beneficiary under a policy.
  2. the person whose life or property is covered by a policy.

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


[uh-shoo r, uh-shur]

verb (used with object), as·sured, as·sur·ing.

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assured

Contemporary Examples of assured

Historical Examples of assured

  • 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.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for assured



made certain; sure; guaranteed
mainly British insured, esp by a life assurance policy


mainly British
  1. the beneficiary under a life assurance policy
  2. the person whose life is insured
Derived Formsassuredly (əˈʃʊərɪdlɪ), adverbassuredness, noun


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

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
Derived Formsassurable, adjectiveassurer, noun

Word Origin for assure

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

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



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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