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assert

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verb (used with object)
  1. to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime.
  2. to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
  3. to state as having existence; affirm; postulate: to assert a first cause as necessary.
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Idioms
  1. assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.: The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
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Origin of assert

1595–1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsas·sert·er, as·ser·tor, nounas·sert·i·ble, adjectivemis·as·sert, verb (used with object)o·ver·as·sert, verb (used with object)pre·as·sert, verb (used with object)re·as·sert, verb (used with object)

Synonyms

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1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support.

Synonym study

1. See declare. 2. See maintain.

Antonyms

1. deny.
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Examples from the Web for reassert

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Historical Examples

  • Now, as she spoke, her will seemed to reassert itself, and she struggled to break from me.

  • 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

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • And the moment after he would splurge and bluster to reassert his dignity.

  • The time had arrived for Asia to reassert some of her old warlike might.


British Dictionary definitions for reassert

reassert

verb (tr)
  1. to assert (rights, claims, etc) againhe reasserted his belief
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assert

verb (tr)
  1. to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
  2. (may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
  3. to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
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Derived Formsasserter or assertor, nounassertible, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reassert

assert

v.

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.

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