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assure

[uh-shoo r, uh-shur]
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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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  • And that for one who had apparently deceived her in assuring her that her heart was free?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Assuring Adams therefore of this truth, he begged him to give some account how he came there.

  • Assuring him that I was quite well, I asked the name of the other ship.

  • And in spite of the assuring voice, the hand inspired distrust.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • It was almost as if he were assuring himself of the safety of revealing himself.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for assuring

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 assuring

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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