assert itself

idiom

: to become apparent : to start to be clearly seen or known
Doubts about the value of the work began to assert themselves.

Examples of assert itself in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outbreak of war in Gaza has fortified Saudi Arabia’s support for the two-state solution and given it an opportunity to assert itself as the leader of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Lina Khatib, Foreign Affairs, 4 Dec. 2023 The Lincoln defense began to assert itself with 7:12 left. Mike Frainie, Baltimore Sun, 2 Mar. 2024 DePaul put together an encouraging start, but Marquette started to assert itself midway through the first half. Jay Cohen, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2023 The fragile central government is still struggling to assert itself after the nationwide chaos that began with the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991, when public facilities fell into neglect or were destroyed. Omar Faruk, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2024 Now, after decades of punching below its weight, Jakarta may be about to assert itself on Get unlimited access to all Foreign Affairs. Nithin Coca, Foreign Affairs, 30 Dec. 2020 Here, too, a compassionate spiritual presence seems to assert itself, in front of the camera as well as behind it. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024 Others noted that the North could assert itself militarily, including through smaller conventional strikes and bolder weapons testing, without necessarily triggering a deadly response. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 The concern is in attempting to assert itself, Ethiopia might risk reigniting a conflict. Mahad Darar, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2023

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“Assert itself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assert%20itself. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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