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assert

[uh-surt] /əˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
2.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
3.
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to assert a first cause as necessary.
Idioms
4.
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
1595-1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
misassert, verb (used with object)
overassert, verb (used with object)
preassert, verb (used with object)
reassert, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. asseverate, avow, maintain. See declare. 2. uphold, support. See maintain.
Antonyms
1. deny.
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  • "I reassert my former assertion," began Kopy-Keck, with a plunge.

  • And here again we must reassert the significance of Lyly's appeal to women.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • Georges Ville was the first to reassert the older theory, put forward by Priestley and Ingenhousz.

  • But by degrees the evil spirits in some of the party began to reassert their power.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was the first, we think, to reassert that the octagonal form of fonts was figurative of Regeneration.

British Dictionary definitions for reassert

reassert

/ˌriːəˈsɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assert (rights, claims, etc) again: he reasserted his belief

assert

/əˈsɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
2.
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
3.
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
Derived Forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for reassert

assert

v.

c.1600, "declare," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere "claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.

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