assure


assure
[[t]əʃʊ͟ə(r)[/t]]
assures, assuring, assured
1) VERB If you assure someone that something is true or will happen, you tell them that it is definitely true or will definitely happen, often in order to make them less worried.
See also assured

[V n that] He hastened to assure me that there was nothing traumatic to report...

[V n with quote] `Are you sure the raft is safe?' she asked anxiously. `Couldn't be safer,' Max assured her confidently...

[V n of n] Government officials recently assured Hindus of protection.

Syn:
2) VERB To assure someone of something means to make certain that they will get it.

[V n of n] Last night's resounding victory over Birmingham City has virtually assured them of promotion...

[V n n] Ways must be found to assure our children a decent start in life.

Syn:
3) PHRASE: PHR that, PHR with cl (emphasis) You use phrases such as I can assure you or let me assure you to emphasize the truth of what you are saying.

I can assure you that the animals are well cared for...

This may sound trivial, but I assure you it is quite important!...

And let me assure you I will use whatever force is necessary to restore order.

Syn:
believe me

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • assuré — assuré, ée (a su ré, rée) part. passé. 1°   En sûreté, à l abri, sûr. Assuré contre les dangers. •   Et le sang répandu de mille conjurés Rend mes jours plus maudits et non plus assurés, CORN. Cinna, IV, 3. •   Typhon qui se croyait assuré par le …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Assure — As*sure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assuring}.] [OF. ase[ u]rer, F. assurer, LL. assecurare; L. ad + securus secure, sure, certain. See {Secure}, {Sure}, and cf. {Insure}.] 1. To make sure or certain; to render confident by a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assure — as·sure vt as·sured, as·sur·ing 1 chiefly Brit: insure 2 a: to inform positively the seller assured the buyer of his honesty b: to provide a guarantee of …   Law dictionary

  • assure — assure, assurance These are terms used principally in the context of life insurance, although even here the verb is no longer common. You insure your life and take out life assurance (or insurance). Both words are rapidly becoming redundant… …   Modern English usage

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  • assure — [ə shoor′] vt. assured, assuring [ME assuren < OFr asseurer < ML assecurare < L ad , to + securus, SECURE] 1. to make (a person) sure of something; convince 2. to give confidence to; reassure [the news assured us] 3. to declare to or… …   English World dictionary

  • assure — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. asseurer (12c., Mod.Fr. assurer) to reassure, calm, protect, to render sure, from V.L. *assecurar, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + securus safe, secure (see SECURE (Cf. secure)). Related: ASSURED (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • assure — insure, *ensure, secure Antonyms: alarm Contrasted words: *frighten, scare, fright, terrify: abash, discomfit, *embarrass: *intimidate, cow …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • assure — ► VERB 1) tell (someone) something positively to dispel doubts. 2) make (something) certain to happen. 3) chiefly Brit. cover by assurance. DERIVATIVES assurer noun. ORIGIN Old French assurer, from Latin securus free from care …   English terms dictionary

  • assure — as|sure W3S2 [əˈʃuə US əˈʃur] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: assurer, from Medieval Latin assecurare, from Latin ad to + securus safe ] 1.) to tell someone that something will definitely happen or is definitely true so that they… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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