Assert definition

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To maintain or defend (rights, claims, etc.)
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To state positively; declare; affirm.
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To assert is defined as to make a statement with full confidence of its truth and factuality.

An example of a person who may assert something is a scientist who is very confident in his supporting data.

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To put into action boldly; employ or demonstrate.

Asserted her independence.

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

He would often assert his beliefs to us.

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The definition of assert is to make a claim or defense.

An example of someone who may assert is a defense attorney who believes strongly in his client's innocence.

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(computer science) An assert statement; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true.
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To use or exercise and thereby prove the existence of.

To assert one's authority.

Salman Rushdie has asserted his right ... to be identified as the author of this work.

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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.

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(computer science) To make true; to make equal to 1.
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To assert yourself means to make your beliefs or desires known in a strong and forceful way.

An example of someone who may assert herself is an employee who feels she is being treated unfairly.

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To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
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To state or express positively; affirm.

Asserted his innocence.

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assert oneself
  • To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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assert oneself
  • to insist on one's rights, or on being recognized
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of assert

  • Latin asserere assert- ad- ad- serere to join ser-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin assertus, perfect passive participle of asserō (“declare someone free or a slave by laying hands upon him; hence free from, protect, defend; lay claim to, assert, declare”), from ad (“to”) + serō (“join, range in a row”).

    From Wiktionary