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
When Capital Prep's actual enrollment practices were revealed, school officials asserted its operating plan allowed it to ignore the lottery process.
A total of 120 participants in the fundraising scandal either fled the country, asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, or otherwise avoided questioning.
In fact, the Saudis’ primary aim was to punish Qatar for asserting its independence from Riyadh by, among other things, engaging with Iran and abetting Al Jazeera’s journalism.
The civil servant continued reporting to work each day as the militants asserted their control over Mosul’s nearly 2 million inhabitants, one institution at a time.
Trump created the panel in May after repeatedly asserting, without any proof whatsoever, that voter fraud cost him the popular vote against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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.
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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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