sure

[ shoo r, shur ]
/ ʃʊər, ʃɜr /

adjective, sur·er, sur·est.

adverb

Informal. certainly; surely: It sure is cold out. Sure, I'll come.

Idioms

Origin of sure

1300–50; Middle English sur(e) < Middle French sur, Old French seur < Latin sēcūrus secure

SYNONYMS FOR sure

1 Sure, certain, confident, positive indicate full belief and trust that something is true. Sure, certain, and positive are often used interchangeably. Sure, the simplest and most general, expresses mere absence of doubt. Certain suggests that there are definite reasons that have freed one from doubt. Confident emphasizes the strength of the belief or the certainty of expectation felt. Positive implies emphatic certainty, which may even become overconfidence or dogmatism.

Related forms

Usage note

Both sure and surely are used as intensifying adverbs with the sense “undoubtedly, certainly.” In this use, sure is generally informal and occurs mainly in speech and written representations of speech: She sure dazzled the audience with her acceptance speech. It was sure hot enough in the auditorium. Surely is used in this sense in all varieties of speech and writing, even the most formal: The court ruled that the law was surely meant to apply to both profit-making and nonprofit organizations. See also quick, slow.
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British Dictionary definitions for sureness

sure

/ (ʃʊə, ʃɔː) /

adjective

adverb

(sentence substitute) informal willingly; yes
(sentence modifier) informal, mainly US and Canadian without question; certainly

Derived Forms

sureness, noun

Word Origin for sure

C14: from Old French seur, from Latin sēcūrus secure
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Idioms and Phrases with sureness

sure


In addition to the idioms beginning with sure

  • sure as shooting
  • sure cure
  • sure enough
  • sure of oneself
  • sure thing

also see:

  • for certain (sure)
  • make sure
  • slow but sure
  • to be sure
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