reassure

[ree-uh-shoor, -shur]
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verb (used with object), re·as·sured, re·as·sur·ing.
  1. to restore to assurance or confidence: His praise reassured me.
  2. to assure again.
  3. to reinsure.

Origin of reassure

First recorded in 1590–1600; re- + assure
Related formsre·as·sur·ance, nounre·as·sur·ed·ly [ree-uh-shoor-id-lee, -shur-] /ˌri əˈʃʊər ɪd li, -ˈʃɜr-/, adverbre·as·sure·ment, nounre·as·sur·er, nounre·as·sur·ing·ly, adverbun·re·as·sur·ing, adjectiveun·re·as·sur·ing·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of reassure

Historical Examples of reassure

  • She said this calmly and quietly, as though to impress her informant and reassure him.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Next day brought a note from the detective which went far to reassure her.

  • The two women thought she was going mad and tried to reassure her.

  • One careless sniff had satisfied his mate, and she trotted on to reassure him.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Happily the doctor in his youth had been in the East and was able to reassure her.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker


British Dictionary definitions for reassure

reassure

verb (tr)
  1. to relieve (someone) of anxieties; restore confidence to
  2. another term for reinsure
Derived Formsreassurance, nounreassurer, nounreassuringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reassure
v.

"restore (someone) to confidence," 1590s, from re- "back, again" + assure. Related: Reassured; reassuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper