adjective, sur·er, sur·est.
- without doubt; surely; certainly.
- admittedly: She sings well, to be sure, but she can't act.
Origin of sure
Synonyms for sure
Related Words for surestconfident, clear, convinced, assured, positive, safe, strong, fast, certain, decisive, abiding, changeless, constant, convincing, decided, doubtless, enduring, firm, fixed, genuine
Examples from the Web for surest
Contemporary Examples of surest
Censuring Cuban is the surest way to breed the Donald Sterlings of tomorrow.Thank You, Mark Cuban, for Speaking Up
May 23, 2014
The problem is, the surest pathway to democratic politics is to support democracy.Morsi's Miscalculation
November 26, 2012
Deadlock: each side will think their man shaded the other, the surest definition of a stalemate.At Last, a Passionate Political Debate!
October 17, 2012
At this point, however, many Americans think they have figured out the quickest, surest way to get peace: just go home.Afghanistan: Negotiating Didn’t Work—Besides, We’re Leaving
October 3, 2012
The club had healthy profits and was generating a good amount of cash—one of the surest measures of a well-managed business.Manchester United: The Glazer Family’s Bad Play
August 6, 2012
Historical Examples of surest
Mouldings are often the surest guides in helping us to ascertain the date of a building.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
But a view of the town is one of the surest rules for a gross estimate.
Who cannot perceive in these words the surest marks of prepossession and fear?The Phantom World
"The surest way to the gallows of all," laughed Andre-Louis.Scaramouche
Self-pity is the surest, yet the most insidious foe to self-poise.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- (takes a clause as object)to make certain; ensure
- (foll by of)to establish or confirm power or possession (over)
- without doubt; certainly
- it has to be acknowledged; admittedly
Word Origin for sure
c.1300, "safe, secure," later "mentally certain" (mid-15c.), from Old French sur, seur "safe, secure," from Latin securus "free from care, untroubled, heedless, safe" (see secure (adj.)). Pronunciation development followed that of sugar. As an affirmative meaning "yes, certainly" it dates from 1803, from Middle English meanings "firmly established; having no doubt," and phrases like to be sure (1650s), sure enough (1540s), and for sure (1580s). The use as a qualifier meaning "assuredly" goes back to early 15c. Sure-footed is from 1630s; sure thing dates from 1836. In 16c.-17c., Suresby was an appellation for a person to be depended upon.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sure
- sure as shooting
- sure cure
- sure enough
- sure of oneself
- sure thing
- for certain (sure)
- make sure
- slow but sure
- to be sure