- 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
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Related Wordsdisclose, claim, stress, affirm, confirm, advocate, acknowledge, insist, proclaim, assert, inform, maintain, announce, argue, tell, repeat, reveal, reaffirm, attest, render
Examples from the Web for re-assert
“It certainly demonstrates their effort to re-assert themselves in the region and regain their past form,” this official added.Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?
October 30, 2014
The things of the mind on which all nations have co-operated in the past will re-assert their sway.Progress and History
On p. 155 the word "reassert" has been changed from "re-assert" to match the spelling elsewhere in the book.Problems of the Pacific
I am glad here to re-assert opinions which it has grieved me to be suspected of having changed.The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)
But the principle for which we contended is bound to re-assert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.The Life of Jefferson Davis
Frank H. Alfriend
For this abandonment of any attempt to re-assert the royal authority he has been generally blamed.History of Holland
- 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
Word Origin and History for re-assert
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.