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reassure

[ree-uh-shoo r, -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.
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Origin of reassure

First recorded in 1590–1600; re- + assure
Related formsre·as·sur·ance, nounre·as·sur·ed·ly [ree-uh-shoo r-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

Synonyms

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1. encourage, hearten, comfort, inspirit.
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Examples from the Web for reassuring

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  • Phoebe reached up, and caught the hands in a reassuring clasp.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • His hand slid down to her arm, and gave it a little, reassuring squeeze.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Some understandable bit of machinery would have been reassuring.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Towards morning, Rougon bethought himself of reassuring Felicite.

  • Martine made an exact inventory of the resources of the house, and it was not reassuring.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for reassuring

reassure

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

reassure

v.

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

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