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.
Recent Examples of assert from the Web
The league, which asserted that there was no evidence the data had been accessed by the thief, ultimately avoided sanction by the Department of Health and Human Services for the breach.
Haggerty didn't analyze whether the ACLU had the right to intervene, and instead found that the DEA violated privacy rights asserted by the ACLU, the appeals panel's opinion said.
Assistant state's attorneys Daniel Kleinhubert and Scott Turk asserted during the trial that evidence and witness testimony showed that Curtis purposefully and without provocation stabbed Blum that night.
My child was screaming in fear, my husband (at this point, dealing with advanced brain cancer), leaped and grabbed Buster, flipped him on his back to assert dominance, and berated him.
Aristotle had even (wrongly) asserted that long, pointy eggs were female while rounder eggs were male.
However, while responding to Miley Cyrus over the weekend, Stefano Gabbana asserted that Dolce & Gabbana's fashion has nothing to do with politics.
UK asserted the violation occurred in part because turnover in the staff (all three assistants were replaced after the 2015-16 season) had led to a breakdown in communication.
Federal officials again asserted that East Chicago residents' desire to have a formal role in court proceedings related to the U.S.S. Lead Superfund site is coming too late.
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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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