- 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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Examples from the Web for reassert
Now, 25 years later, the world is looking again at Eastern Europe as Russia begins to reassert itself.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall
November 9, 2014
The Democratic Party needs to reassert these beliefs—and put action behind them—to win the future.Obama’s New Emissions Rules Will Yank the Climate Change Debate Back Into Reality
June 2, 2014
Can the U.S. reassert its role in Asia without irking Beijing?Taming the Dragon
October 12, 2011
Occasionally she would solicit women in attempt to reassert her power in the relationship.Jane Fonda’s New Biography: 14 Juicy Bits
August 23, 2011
“Congressional Democrats are going to have to reassert themselves,” Kucinich said.Democrats' Disgust With Obama
April 14, 2011
Now, as she spoke, her will seemed to reassert itself, and she struggled to break from me.Bardelys the Magnificent
And here again we must reassert the significance of Lyly's appeal to women.John Lyly
John Dover Wilson
But by degrees the evil spirits in some of the party began to reassert their power.The Lonely Island
And the moment after he would splurge and bluster to reassert his dignity.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
The time had arrived for Asia to reassert some of her old warlike might.Problems of the Pacific
- to assert (rights, claims, etc) againhe reasserted his belief
- 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 reassert
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.