:to state or declare positively and often forcefully or aggressively
- The suspect continued to assert his innocence.
:to compel or demand acceptance or recognition of (something, such as one's authority)
- … the confrontations that inevitably occur [between orangutans] when several males try to assert dominance …
- Wallace asserted control early—shutting down both candidates when they tried to talk over one another, and shushing the audience when it reacted too audibly.
- —Glenn Thrush
:to demonstrate the existence of
- He wished to vindicate himself in some way, to assert his manhood.
- —James Joyce
: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
- … a long-suffering Irish community asserted itself by putting its own politicians in power.
- —Ellis Cose
:to become more strongly apparent :to become clearly seen, known, or experienced
- Unbidden, a glint asserts itself in Ms. Brown's eyes …
- —Joanne Kaufman
- … a passion that through its long suppression was now asserting itself with volcanic necessity.
- —Zadie Smith