Simple Definition of assert
: to state (something) in a strong and definite way
: to demand that other people accept or respect (something)
Full Definition of assert
: to speak or act in a manner that compels recognition especially of one's rights
Examples of assert
He asserted that there were spies in the government.
She asserted her independence from her parents by getting her own apartment.
The boss was reluctant to assert his authority over his employees.
Origin of assert
Latin assertus, past participle of asserere, from ad- + serere to join — more at series
First Known Use: circa 1604
Synonym Discussion of assert
synonyms see in addition maintain
Rhymes with assert
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ASSERT Defined for Kids
Definition of assert
1 : to state clearly and strongly <assert an opinion>
2 : to make others aware of <assert your independence>
3 : to speak or act in a way that demands attention or recognition <If you want people to listen, you have to assert yourself.>
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