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assert

as·sert

assert

 
 
pronunciation:
suhrt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: asserted, asserting, asserts
definition 1: to state with force or confidence.
He asserted his innocence.She asserted that she was perfectly capable of taking care of herself.
synonyms:
assure, avouch, declare, maintain, state
antonyms:
controvert, deny
similar words:
affirm, allege, asseverate, aver, avow, contend, insist, postulate, predicate, profess, protest, say
definition 2: to defend or maintain.
I will continue to assert my independence.
synonyms:
defend, maintain
similar words:
argue, claim, protest, uphold
definition 3: to put (oneself) forward strongly.
synonyms:
advance
similar words:
present
Word Parts
The word assert contains the following part:
as- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix as- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with an "s" sound, such as "sent" and "cert." See ad-.
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