Definition of assert
: to speak or act in a manner that compels recognition especially of one's rights … she wants him to learn to assert himself with people in positions of authority. — Malcolm Gladwell
Examples of assert in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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
ASSERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of assert for English Language Learners
: to state (something) in a strong and definite way
: to demand that other people accept or respect (something)
ASSERT Defined for Kids
Definition of assert for Students
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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