Definitions for SUREʃʊər, ʃɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sure*ʃʊər, ʃɜr(adj.; adv.)sur•er, sur•est

  1. (adj.)free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something:

    to be sure of one's facts.

  2. confident, as of something expected:

    sure of success.

  3. convinced, fully persuaded, or positive:

    to be sure of a person's honesty.

  4. assured or certain beyond question:

    a sure victory.

  5. worthy of confidence; reliable:

    a sure messenger.

  6. unfailing; never disappointing expectations:

    a sure cure.

  7. unerring; never missing, slipping, etc.:

    a sure aim.

  8. admitting of no doubt or question:

    sure proof.

  9. destined; certain:

    It is sure to happen.

  10. (adv.)certainly; surely.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Idioms for sure:

  1. be or make sure,to take care (to be or do as specified):

    Be sure to close the windows.

    Category: Idiom

  2. for sure,without a doubt; for certain.

    Category: Idiom

  3. sure enough,Informal. as might have been expected; certainly.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  4. to be sure, without doubt or dispute.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Both sure and surely are used as intensifying adverbs with the sense “undoubtedly, certainly.” In this use, sure is generally informal and occurs mainly in speech and written representations of speech and is likely to be criticized in other contexts: It sure is hot in here. I sure wouldn't want to be in your place.surely is used in this sense in all varieties of speech and writing: The law was surely meant to apply to both rich and poor. See also quick, slow.

Origin of sure:

1300–50; ME sur(e) < MF sur, OF seur < L sēcūrussecure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. certain(p), sure(adj)

    having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured

    "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"

  2. certain, sure(adj)

    exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance

    "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"

  3. certain, sure(adj)

    certain to occur; destined or inevitable

    "he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"

  4. sure(adj)

    physically secure or dependable

    "a sure footing"; "was on sure ground"

  5. certain, sure(adj)

    reliable in operation or effect

    "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"

  6. sure, trusted(adj)

    (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence

    "a sure (or trusted) friend"

  7. sure(adj)

    infallible or unfailing

    "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"

  8. sure(adj)

    certain not to fail

    "a sure hand on the throttle"

  9. indisputable, sure(adverb)

    impossible to doubt or dispute

    "indisputable (or sure) proof"

  10. surely, certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting(adverb)

    definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

    "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sure(adjective)ʃʊər, ʃɜr

    certain about sth

    I'm not sure how old she is.; He wasn't sure where he'd see her before.; Are you sure that it's convenient for you?

  2. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr

    certain to occur in a particular way

    It was a badly run project that was sure to fail.

  3. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr

    used to advise sb about what they should do

    Be sure to call me if you need a ride home.

  4. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr


    We'll get home very late, that's for sure.

  5. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr

    to check sth

    Make sure that you write your name on each page.

  6. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr

    to do sth so that sth is certain to happen

    Call them to make sure they don't forget to bring it.

  7. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr


    I wasn't feeling very sure of myself.

  8. sure(adverb)ʃʊər, ʃɜr

    indicates agreement or acceptance

    "Would you help me out?" "Sure, what do you want me to do?"

  9. sureʃʊər, ʃɜr

    indicates sth happened the way you predicted

    I said he'd come and, sure enough, he's here!


  1. sure(Adverb)

    Without doubt.

  2. sure(Adjective)

    Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.

  3. sure(Adjective)

    Certain in one's knowledge or belief.

  4. sure(Adjective)

    Certain to act or be a specified way.

    Be sure to lock the door when you leave.

  5. sure(Interjection)

    Yes, of course.

  6. Origin: From sure, from sur, from seür, from securus, from se + (compare orsorg, from or + sorg). See cure. Displaced native wis (from gewiss), siker (from sicor).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sure

    certainly knowing and believing; confident beyond doubt; implicity trusting; unquestioning; positive

  2. Sure

    certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health

  3. Sure

    fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent; enduring

  4. Sure

    betrothed; engaged to marry

  5. Sure

    free from danger; safe; secure

  6. Sure(adverb)

    in a sure manner; safely; certainly


  1. Sure

    "Sure" was the fifteenth single by the Japanese j-pop group Every Little Thing, released on February 16, 2000. It was used as the drama Virtual Girl's theme song.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SURE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #448

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SURE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #235

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SURE' in Adjectives Frequency: #33

Translations for SURE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(negative unsure ) having no doubt; certain

I'm sure that I gave him the book; I'm not sure where she lives / what her address is; `There's a bus at two o'clock.' `Are you quite sure?'; I thought the idea was good, but now I'm not so sure; I'll help you; – you can be sure of that!

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