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sure

[ shoor, shur ]
/ ʃʊər, ʃɜr /
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adjective, sur·er, sur·est.
adverb
Informal. certainly; surely: It sure is cold out. Sure, I'll come.
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Origin of sure

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English sur(e), from Middle French sur,Old French seur, from Latin sēcūrus “carefree”; see secure

words often confused with sure

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 sure

sure
/ (ʃʊə, ʃɔː) /

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

Derived forms of sure

sureness, noun

Word Origin for sure

C14: from Old French seur, from Latin sēcūrus secure
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