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sure

sure

 
pronunciation:
shur [or] shuhr
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
phrases:
make sure
part of speech: adjective
inflections: surer, surest
definition 1: free of doubt as to the truth or reliability of something; certain; positive.
Now he could be sure she loved him.She is very sure of herself.
synonyms:
certain, definite, doubtless, positive
antonyms:
doubtful, dubious, unsure
similar words:
absolute, assured, confident, convinced, secure
definition 2: relatively confident.
I'm sure she wouldn't mind.
synonyms:
confident
antonyms:
doubtful, uncertain
similar words:
assured, certain, satisfied
definition 3: certain; bound.
They are sure to succeed if they work hard.
synonyms:
bound, certain
antonyms:
unlikely
similar words:
doomed, fated
definition 4: steady and unfailing; reliable.
sure supporta sure grasp of the issues
synonyms:
dependable, reliable, secure, steady, unfailing
antonyms:
unsure
similar words:
faithful, firm, foolproof, good, infallible, sound, stable, steadfast, sure-fire, tried, trustworthy, trusty
definition 5: certain to happen.
Death and taxes are the only sure things.
synonyms:
certain, definite, ineluctable, inescapable, inevitable, positive, unavoidable
antonyms:
uncertain, unlikely, unsure
similar words:
automatic, incontestable, indisputable, indubitable, inexorable, irrefutable, unquestionable
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: (informal) certainly; surely.
It sure is cold today.Sure, you can borrow my coat.
similar words:
certainly, surely
phrase: make sure
derivation: sureness (n.)