re·​as·​sert (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈsərt How to pronounce reassert (audio)
reasserted; reasserting; reasserts

transitive verb

: to assert (something) again
She reasserted her authority.
Even better, they had won two of their first three games and were reasserting their status as the team to beat …Mike Finger

Examples of reassert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This declaration reasserted the populace’s duty to pay the pharaoh and his kingdom, as everything in the state was understood to belong to the pharaoh. Kate McMahon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 But in Papantla, a city in Veracruz state where the spice is still strongly tied to people’s identity, scientists, chefs and farmers are actively pushing to reassert its profile. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 When Communism collapsed in 1991, 14 new states emerged alongside the Russian Federation, each eager to reassert its own language and culture against millions of Soviet-era immigrants, many of them ethnic Russians, and their offspring. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 Fremantle also saw a dip in revenues but RTL Group CEO Thomas Rabe was bullish on the production group’s prospects, reasserting the group’s goal of hitting a full-year revenue target of €3 billion ($ 3.3 billion) by 2025/2026, in part by further acquisitions. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 Often overshadowed by a trio of All-Pac-12 players, the Oregon transfer reasserted her presence in UCLA’s 67-57 win over Utah in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament Thursday. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Such an alternative must be strong enough to prevent Hamas from regrouping and reasserting control. Amos Yadlin, Foreign Affairs, 8 Mar. 2024 Should the current unrest boil over, analysts say, the military may use an even heavier hand to reassert its authority, like imposing martial law. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Simultaneously, Black New Orleanians established their Carnival traditions and reasserted their claim to this celebration. Cierra Chenier, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reassert was in 1647

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“Reassert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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