assert [uh-surt] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (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.
- 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 suffixRelated formsas·sert·er, as·ser·tor, nounas·sert·i·ble, adjectivemis·as·sert, verb (used with object)o·ver·as·sert, verb (used with object)pre·as·sert, verb (used with object)re·as·sert, verb (used with object)Synonyms for assert 1. asseverate, avow, maintain. 2. uphold, support. Synonym study 1. See declare. 2. See maintain.Antonyms for assert 1. deny. Related Words for assert contend, claim, stress, profess, uphold, affirm, defend, proclaim, say, press, argue, allege, cite, attest, predicate, avow, vindicate, advance, avouch, pronounce Examples from the Web for assert Contemporary Examples of assert
As leaders across the world continue to assert, the war is far from won.
November 25, 2014
I was forced to bring two male “identity verifiers” to assert who I was, despite the fact that I carried my ID card with me.
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
I yo AIRGORDON and the rest of my Yo friends when I wake up for no discernible reason, other than to assert my existence.
August 2, 2014
In fact, some assert that killing whales is necessary to prevent world starvation.
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
June 12, 2014
In a previous attempt to assert direct control over the Internet, the FCC lost in court.
May 19, 2014
Historical Examples of assert
They have begun so cruelly with me, that I have not spirit enough to assert my own negative.
More, he dared believe, and to assert boldly, that she loved him.
It was an insult to the divine powers to assert that they had taken the part of a race horse.
W. A. Fraser
All admit or assert that the lance is in this warfare the better weapon.
Sir Winston S. Churchill
But be your resolution what it will, do not by any means repeat to them, that you will not assert your right.
British Dictionary definitions for assert assert 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 Formsasserter or assertor, nounassertible, adjectiveWord Origin for assert C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join Word Origin and History for 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.