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 on the WebFor months, Texas has asserted that parts of the Rio Grande are not subject to federal laws protecting navigable waters.—CBS News, 1 Dec. 2023 The complaint then asserts that the nurse failed to record the encounter in the jail medical file for several days.—Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Nov. 2023 The union initially asserted that 3,200 students should be counted while USC says 2,700.
USC also agreed to stronger protections for international students, including a fund to aid those who lose their visa status during their appointment.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 So, despite obvious monochromatic aspects, the day in Washington also asserted a sort of polychromatic nature.—Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 According to the court document, Doe is asserting claims pursuant to inter alia, New York common law for assault and battery; the New York City Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Act; and the New York City Human Rights Law.—Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 But before playing the part of Tigris, cousin of future Panem president Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) and a stylist for tributes in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (out now), Schafer had already asserted herself as a member of The Capitol years before her film debut.—Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Another pattern asserts that people feel better when walls are thicker.—Thomas Heatherwick, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 Veltman’s attorneys asserted that the attack was not premeditated and that he should be convicted of a lesser charge.—Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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Latin assertus, past participle of asserere, from ad- + serere to join — more at series