[ uh-surt ]
/ əˈsɜrt /

verb (used with object)

to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate: to assert a first cause as necessary.

Idioms for assert

    assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.: The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.

Origin of assert

1595–1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for assert

1. See declare. 2. See maintain.


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British Dictionary definitions for assert

/ (əˈsɜːt) /

verb (tr)

to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner

Derived forms of assert

asserter or assertor, noun assertible, adjective

Word Origin for assert

C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join