Definition of assert in US 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’
    with direct speech ‘“I don't know why she came,” he asserted’
    • ‘These types of beliefs, he asserts, are closely connected to languages and texts.’
    • ‘This essay asserts that there are, in fact, two phenomena that need to be examined.’
    • ‘That is, is there any constitutional fact which is asserted about time limits, time element or the like?’
    • ‘The other response is to assert that the supremacy is in fact the solution to the despair.’
    • ‘There are few principles so precious as that which asserts that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.’
    • ‘Had there been concerns about any aspect of the process it can confidently be asserted that they would have found expression.’
    • ‘All other vine varieties, Pliny asserts confidently, are imports from Greece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What can be asserted reasonably from the facts as we know them, is that they were a devoted couple.’
    • ‘The coal industry should be privately funding these studies, the consumer group asserts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Failure to do so, he asserts, would be a Doomsday scenario.’
    • ‘In order to establish that contention the applicants assert they have no need to rely upon any statutory underpinning.’
    • ‘Neither does he explicitly assert that our natural beliefs are true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, he asserts that we are in fact so entrenched in ideology that it is difficult to even distinguish its parameters.’
    • ‘The claimants assert that their claims should also have been settled.’
    • ‘Are the parents asserting a religious belief or conviction?’
    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 behavior.
      ‘the good librarian is able to assert authority when required’
      • ‘The prison officers, though clearly asserting their authority, treated the prisoners with respect.’
      • ‘What would have happened if the Thai authorities had asserted their jurisdiction over the offence here?’
      • ‘Throughout history, wars have been followed by ritualised attempts to assert legal authority.’
      • ‘Even if copyright expires, the court ruled, common law can be applied to assert the rights of the original owner.’
      • ‘But surely if any religious creed is to have validity it has to assert its authority over science?’
      • ‘At a later stage, the tenant was able to assert his rights to possession of the land against anyone who dispossessed him.’
      • ‘He takes them on a fishing trip to a remote island, cruelly asserting his authority en route.’
      • ‘It is a little bit frightening how broadly he asserts his authority as commander in chief.’
      • ‘For his era, he's no different from anyone else: what a father did to assert his authority was take his belt off.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘That way you assert your authority, but your colleagues don't think you're a git.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the Roman Church was at the same time asserting its rights and privileges with a new energy.’
      • ‘They will allow people to assert their rights to fair use over copyright materials.’
      • ‘Now others are asserting their constitutional rights.’
      • ‘The rights were asserted as fundamental entitlements recognized by the international community.’
      • ‘I hope they realize that simply asserting authority doesn't necessarily make us any safer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are conducted in order to assert authority and extend influence.’
      • ‘No, but the appellants are not asserting an exclusive right to make decisions with respect to the land, even in their notice of appeal.’
      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’
      • ‘Since then, it has been speaking out widely on shareholder rights and urging investors to assert themselves.’
      • ‘If you don't assert yourself with confidence, then you'll be manipulated as a puppet of society.’
      • ‘In the decade since then, the possibility of the courts asserting themselves against parliament in an appropriate case has been significantly strengthened.’
      • ‘The cattle would have been used for a dowry so it is in ways like that she asserts herself as an independent woman.’
      • ‘Likewise, democracy empowers disaffected minorities to speak out and assert themselves along ethnic, religious, or tribal lines.’
      • ‘As big, tall people, we gave no thought to asserting ourselves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is feminity only about asserting yourself as woman when you find yourself left behind in a swirl of progressive women?’
      • ‘Speak clearly, compellingly, and without reluctance; assert yourself as a direct leader.’
      • ‘I am very glad to see women rightfully asserting themselves in the labor movement.’
      • ‘The first wave of feminism demanded that women seek equal rights by asserting themselves in the workforce.’
      • ‘As a shy person, did you have problems asserting yourself in the group?’
      • ‘They are fearful of asserting themselves on the world stage without the approval of the United Nations.’
      • ‘For a moment or two he felt unsure himself, but then his deeply rooted confidence in himself asserted itself once again.’
      • ‘Women are increasingly asserting themselves.’
      • ‘These are also paradoxically anti-modernist moments, when a belief in literature's power of ethical persuasion asserts itself over market-based utility values.’
      • ‘I spent a lot of time following, and not always enough time asserting myself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Please stay the nice person that you are, but learn also to assert yourself and to speak up for yourself.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/əˈsərt//əˈsərt/