What does assert mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assert, asseverate, maintainverb

    state categorically

  2. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swearverb

    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    "Before God I swear I am innocent"

  3. assert, put forwardverb

    insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized

    "Women should assert themselves more!"

  4. insist, assertverb

    assert to be true

    "The letter asserts a free society"


  1. assertnoun

    an assert statement; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true.

  2. assertverb

    To declare with assurance or plainly and strongly; to state positively.

    he would often assert his beliefs to us

  3. assertverb

    To use or exercise and thereby prove the existence of.

  4. assertverb

    To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.

    The quasi-judicial pre-grant process of asserting patent rights and appeals procedures during patent examination; 'to assert' patent rights means to defend or maintain patent rights.

  5. assertverb

    to make true; to make equal to 1.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ASSERTverb

    Etymology: assero, Lat.

    Your forefathers have asserted the party which they chose till death, and died for its defence. John Dryden, Virgil, Dedication.

    Nor can the grovelling mind,
    In the dark dungeon of the limbs confin’d,
    Assert the native skies, or own its heav’nly kind. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assertverb

    to affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate

  2. Assertverb

    to maintain; to defend

  3. Assertverb

    to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assert

    as-sėrt′, v.t. to vindicate or defend by arguments or measures (now used only of the cause as object or reflexive): to declare strongly: to lay claim to or insist upon anything: to affirm: (rare) to bear evidence of.—adj. Assert′able.—ns. Assert′er, Assert′or, a champion, one who makes a positive statement; Asser′tion, affirmation: the act of claiming one's rights: averment.—adj. Assert′ive, asserting or confirming confidently: positive: dogmatic.—adv. Assert′ively.—n. Assert′iveness.—adj. Assert′ory, affirmative.—To assert one's self, to defend one's rights or opinions, sometimes with unnecessary zeal, to thrust one's self forward. [L. asserĕre (superl. assertum), aliquem manu in libertatem, to lay hands on a slave in token of manumission, hence to protect, affirm, declare—ad, to, and serĕre, to join. Cf. Series.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assert' in Verbs Frequency: #706

Anagrams for assert »

  1. setars

  2. stares

  3. tarses

  4. tasers

  5. Tasers

  6. asters

  7. tasser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assert in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of assert in a Sentence

  1. Ken Chenault:

    It was important for companies to assert some of the core principles of our democracy and the most fundamental is the right to vote.

  2. Moti Gorin:

    It is very unusual in medicine to see such substantial international differences among wealthy countries in the approach their medical authorities take to treating patients, while major American medical organizations assert that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are safe and effective for treating gender dysphoric youth, some of these European countries, all of which have a more progressive climate for LGBT + people, have taken a closer look at the evidence.

  3. Rebecca Sarwi:

    It's been an eye-opening experience to the lengths they would assert their power.

  4. Deborah Pearlstein:

    If the sitting President has said he's not going to assert privilege, then there's a certain amount of time( before) the documents then have to be released unless the former President succeeds in getting a court order, an injunction, for example, prohibiting their release, that would require a pretty significant ruling by a federal court.

  5. Tim Ryan:

    We are at a moment, at a crossroads, where either the extremists are going to continue to assert themselves into the body politic of the United States of America, or we stop them. That’s what tomorrow is all about.

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