as·​sured | \ ə-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce assured (audio) \

Definition of assured

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1 : characterized by certainty or security : guaranteed an assured market an assured place in history Success is by no means assured. She is assured of (having/getting) a job when she graduates. [=she is certain to have/get a job]
2a : very confident : self-assured proceeded with an assured attitude
3 : sure that something is certain or true You can rest assured[=you can be sure] that we won't be late. Rest assured, it won't happen again.


plural assured or assureds

Definition of assured (Entry 2 of 2)

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assuredness \ ə-​ˈshu̇r-​əd-​nəs How to pronounce assuredness (audio) , -​ˈshu̇rd-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for assured

Synonyms: Adjective

certain, clear, cocksure, confident, doubtless, implicit, positive, sanguine, sure

Antonyms: Adjective

doubtful, dubious, uncertain, unsure

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If the California law goes into effect and Trump refuses to release his returns, there’s unlikely to be any electoral impact for the president, who appears virtually assured to win the GOP nomination. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Newsom to Trump: Release tax returns or get kicked off California’s 2020 primary ballot," 30 July 2019 In threatening this week to expand the trade war into a currency war, President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, too, are toying with weapons of mutual assured destruction. Fortune, "The Week Trump and Xi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trade War—CEO Daily," 10 Aug. 2019 It's been a McBride trademark that as his men are pitted against one another in mutually assured destruction, the women sneak in and, by design, steal the story. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Righteous Gemstones': TV Review," 8 Aug. 2019 Mutually assured destruction ensured geopolitical stability during the Cold War, but anyone who lived through that era can tell you that the assurance part of it was clear only in retrospect. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: This trade war will get out of control," 7 Aug. 2019 She was also cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance. Thomas Jewell,, "Dishwasher fire leads to evacuation: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 26 July 2019 In the past, the threat of mutually assured destruction was the way that nuclear powers kept one another’s lethal capabilities in check. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "How Cyber Weapons Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Warfare," 18 July 2019 Sidestepping the temptations of broad farce or melodrama, Wang stakes out a zone of low-key observational realism, dispensing her sympathies and teasing out emotional subtleties with a graceful, assured hand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 Last year’s Netroots was full of chatter about the Warren/Sanders divide in the progressive wing, but Sanders’s dominance didn’t seem assured this year. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Progressive activists know their enemy in the 2020 Democratic primary: Joe Biden," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of assured


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1706, in the meaning defined above

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as·​sured | \ ə-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce assured (audio) \

Kids Definition of assured

1 : made sure or certain Our success is by no means assured.
2 : very confident an assured manner

Other Words from assured

assuredly \ -​ˈshu̇r-​əd-​lē \ adverb I will most assuredly win.


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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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