Definition of assert in English:

assert

verb

  • 1reporting verb State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.

    with clause ‘the company asserts that the cuts will not affect development’
    with object ‘he asserted his innocence’
    • ‘Instead, he asserts that we are in fact so entrenched in ideology that it is difficult to even distinguish its parameters.’
    • ‘This essay asserts that there are, in fact, two phenomena that need to be examined.’
    • ‘The claimants assert that their claims should also have been settled.’
    • ‘Are the parents asserting a religious belief or conviction?’
    • ‘The appellant asserts that the building was uninhabitable when he moved in, and that to return it to that state would be a retrograde step.’
    • ‘The coal industry should be privately funding these studies, the consumer group asserts.’
    • ‘He confidently asserts that the tapes are not faked, and that the vocal range is too broad to be made by a human.’
    • ‘I would however assert that the belief in absolute truth requires an attempt to follow it as best as possible.’
    • ‘That is, is there any constitutional fact which is asserted about time limits, time element or the like?’
    • ‘There are few principles so precious as that which asserts that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.’
    • ‘The claim asserts that this is too fast and does not enable an applicant to have a fair chance of putting forward his claim properly.’
    • ‘The other response is to assert that the supremacy is in fact the solution to the despair.’
    • ‘Failure to do so, he asserts, would be a Doomsday scenario.’
    • ‘Science is beginning to understand what is going on in our genes, he asserts, and few things about the human condition will ever be the same again.’
    • ‘Had there been concerns about any aspect of the process it can confidently be asserted that they would have found expression.’
    • ‘Neither does he explicitly assert that our natural beliefs are true.’
    • ‘What can be asserted reasonably from the facts as we know them, is that they were a devoted couple.’
    • ‘These types of beliefs, he asserts, are closely connected to languages and texts.’
    • ‘All other vine varieties, Pliny asserts confidently, are imports from Greece.’
    • ‘In order to establish that contention the applicants assert they have no need to rely upon any statutory underpinning.’
    declare, maintain, contend, argue, state, claim, propound, submit, posit, postulate, adduce, move, advocate, venture, volunteer, aver, proclaim, announce, pronounce, attest, affirm, protest, profess, swear, insist, avow
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    1. 1.1with object Cause others to recognize (one's authority or a right) by confident and forceful behaviour.
      ‘the good librarian is able to assert authority when required’
      • ‘The prison officers, though clearly asserting their authority, treated the prisoners with respect.’
      • ‘No, but the appellants are not asserting an exclusive right to make decisions with respect to the land, even in their notice of appeal.’
      • ‘I hope they realize that simply asserting authority doesn't necessarily make us any safer.’
      • ‘For his era, he's no different from anyone else: what a father did to assert his authority was take his belt off.’
      • ‘That way you assert your authority, but your colleagues don't think you're a git.’
      • ‘They are conducted in order to assert authority and extend influence.’
      • ‘They will allow people to assert their rights to fair use over copyright materials.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the Roman Church was at the same time asserting its rights and privileges with a new energy.’
      • ‘But surely if any religious creed is to have validity it has to assert its authority over science?’
      • ‘What would have happened if the Thai authorities had asserted their jurisdiction over the offence here?’
      • ‘It is a little bit frightening how broadly he asserts his authority as commander in chief.’
      • ‘Now others are asserting their constitutional rights.’
      • ‘The rights were asserted as fundamental entitlements recognized by the international community.’
      • ‘Throughout history, wars have been followed by ritualised attempts to assert legal authority.’
      • ‘They come to court to assert their rights, not to exercise some form of consumer choice.’
      • ‘How strong are you in the face of someone trying to assert authority over you through their verbal abuse?’
      • ‘When women can assert human rights against them, through a law they can use themselves, women will have a right to a place in the world.’
      • ‘He takes them on a fishing trip to a remote island, cruelly asserting his authority en route.’
      • ‘Even if copyright expires, the court ruled, common law can be applied to assert the rights of the original owner.’
      • ‘At a later stage, the tenant was able to assert his rights to possession of the land against anyone who dispossessed him.’
      insist on, stand up for, uphold, defend, contend, establish, press for, push for, stress
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    2. 1.2assert oneself Behave or speak in a confident and forceful manner.
      ‘it was time to assert himself’
      • ‘The first wave of feminism demanded that women seek equal rights by asserting themselves in the workforce.’
      • ‘These are also paradoxically anti-modernist moments, when a belief in literature's power of ethical persuasion asserts itself over market-based utility values.’
      • ‘As big, tall people, we gave no thought to asserting ourselves.’
      • ‘These classes have been a source of great entertainment for the youth of the area and have resulted in many a shy child getting the confidence to assert themselves.’
      • ‘A peculiar bug - like the last few colds I've had, it's timid and unsure, and never asserts itself beyond a few basic symptoms.’
      • ‘Please stay the nice person that you are, but learn also to assert yourself and to speak up for yourself.’
      • ‘I believe that this camp will assert itself more and more forcefully in the coming months as it finds itself increasingly the object of focus for the two other camps.’
      • ‘Speak clearly, compellingly, and without reluctance; assert yourself as a direct leader.’
      • ‘Is feminity only about asserting yourself as woman when you find yourself left behind in a swirl of progressive women?’
      • ‘I am very glad to see women rightfully asserting themselves in the labor movement.’
      • ‘For a moment or two he felt unsure himself, but then his deeply rooted confidence in himself asserted itself once again.’
      • ‘If you don't assert yourself with confidence, then you'll be manipulated as a puppet of society.’
      • ‘I spent a lot of time following, and not always enough time asserting myself.’
      • ‘In the decade since then, the possibility of the courts asserting themselves against parliament in an appropriate case has been significantly strengthened.’
      • ‘Since then, it has been speaking out widely on shareholder rights and urging investors to assert themselves.’
      • ‘As a shy person, did you have problems asserting yourself in the group?’
      • ‘Women are increasingly asserting themselves.’
      • ‘Likewise, democracy empowers disaffected minorities to speak out and assert themselves along ethnic, religious, or tribal lines.’
      • ‘The cattle would have been used for a dowry so it is in ways like that she asserts herself as an independent woman.’
      • ‘They are fearful of asserting themselves on the world stage without the approval of the United Nations.’
      behave confidently, speak confidently, be assertive, put oneself forward, make one's presence felt, exert one's influence, make people sit up and take notice, make people sit up and listen
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin asserere ‘claim, affirm’, from ad- ‘to’ + serere ‘to join’.

Pronunciation

assert

/əˈsəːt/