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reassure

[ree-uh-shoo r, -shur] /ˌri əˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
verb (used with object), reassured, reassuring.
1.
to restore to assurance or confidence:
His praise reassured me.
2.
to assure again.
3.
to reinsure.
Origin of reassure
1590-1600
1590-1600; re- + assure
Related forms
reassurance, noun
reassuredly
[ree-uh-shoo r-id-lee, -shur-] /ˌri əˈʃʊər ɪd li, -ˈʃɜr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
reassurement, noun
reassurer, noun
reassuringly, adverb
unreassuring, adjective
unreassuringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. encourage, hearten, comfort, inspirit.
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  • Stephen turned white and his father put a reassuring hand on his shoulder.

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  • Phoebe reached up, and caught the hands in a reassuring clasp.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Wallie's jaw, which had fallen, prevented him from reassuring her that he believed her blameless.

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  • His hand slid down to her arm, and gave it a little, reassuring squeeze.

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  • Nor are the Greeks the only nation whose history is supposed to be thus so reassuring to us.

    Is Life Worth Living? William Hurrell Mallock
British Dictionary definitions for reassuring

reassure

/ˌriːəˈʃʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to relieve (someone) of anxieties; restore confidence to
2.
another term for reinsure
Derived Forms
reassurance, noun
reassurer, noun
reassuringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reassuring

reassure

v.

"restore (someone) to confidence," 1590s, from re- "back, again" + assure. Related: Reassured; reassuring.

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