Definition of asure
1. assure [ v ] make certain of
Examples: "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us" "Preparation will guarantee success!"
(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
As_soon_as an experimental tug assures you that roots have taken_over , cut it off from the mother plant .
(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
- liberal considers that the need for a national economy with controls that will assure his conception of social justice is so great that individual and local liberties as_well_as democratic processes may have to yield before it .
(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)
A proposed loan must be for sound purposes or sufficiently secured so_as to assure a reasonable chance of repayment .
(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
Whether the pair of Sudanese ivory carvings you lifted really possess the juju to turn your livers to lead , as a dealer in Khartoum assured me , I am not competent to say .Synonyms assure insure ensure guarantee secure Related Terms make doom guarantee guarantee
2. assure [ v ] assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
Examples: "I assured him that traveling to Cambodia was safe"
Soon they will begin to hunt_down the traitors they are assured are in our midst .
(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
Yes , the ozone from his machine would cure practically everything , he assured her .
(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
In_fact , although we have dispelled the fear , we have not necessarily assured ourselves that there are no dangers .
(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)
They assured him that they did not expect or need to be entertained .Synonyms assure Related Terms persuade reassure assurance persuade
3. assure [ v ] inform positively and with certainty and confidence
Examples: "I tell you that man is a crook!"
(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)
This combined experience , on a foundation of very average , I assure you , intelligence and background , has helped me do things many well-informed people would bet heavily against .
(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)
Seemingly , with an unrestricted flow of ideas , all will be well , and we are even assured that `` an idea a day will keep the sheriff away '' .
(Edward Streeter, The Chairman of the Bored....)
Mr._Mills had done some figuring on a scrap of paper and given him the various kinds of boards and two-by-fours which , properly handled , would , he had assured him , turn_into a workbench .Synonyms assure tell Related Terms affirm
4. assure [ v ] be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
Examples: "He verified that the valves were closed" "See that the curtains are closed" "control the quality of the product"
([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)
What sort of effort do you make to assure that older or disabled workers are fully productive ?
(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums , to remain available until expended , as may be necessary , but not more_than $ 75000000 in_all , ( a ) to carry_out the provisions of_this Act during the fiscal_years 1962 to 1967 , inclusive ; ( b ) to finance , for not more_than two years beyond the end of said period , such grants , contracts , cooperative agreements , and studies as may theretofore have been undertaken pursuant to this Act ; and ( c ) to finance , for not more_than three years beyond the end of said period , such activities as are required to correlate , coordinate , and round_out the results of studies and research undertaken pursuant to this Act : Provided , That funds available in any one year for research and development may , subject_to the approval of the Secretary_of_State to assure that such activities are consistent with the foreign_policy objectives of the United_States , be expended in_cooperation_with public or private agencies in foreign countries in the development of processes useful to the program in the United_States : And provided further , That every such contract or agreement made with any public or private agency in a foreign country shall contain provisions effective to insure that the results or information developed in connection therewith shall be available without cost to the United_States for the use of the United_States throughout the world and for the use of the general public within the United_States .Synonyms see insure assure check see_to_it ensure ascertain control Related Terms verify cover proofread cross-check double-check control card spot-check cinch determine control check check
5. assure [ v ] cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
Examples: "The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe"
(Edward Streeter, The Chairman of the Bored....)
They were constantly assuring you that you were one of the world 's great guys .Synonyms reassure assure Related Terms worry calm reassurance
6. assure [ v ] make a promise or commitmentUsed in print:
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
The Kennedy_Administration had assured anti-Castro Cubans that it would have nothing to do with associates of Dictator_Batista .Synonyms promise assure Related Terms declare declare contract pledge undertake swear_off assurance promiser promisee
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