re·​as·​sure | \ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r \
reassured; reassuring; reassures

Definition of reassure 

transitive verb

1 : to assure anew reassured him that the work was on schedule

2 : to restore to confidence felt reassured by their earnest promise to do better

3 : reinsure

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Other Words from reassure

reassuringly \ˌrē-​ə-​ˈshu̇r-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for reassure


assure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe


distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Examples of reassure in a Sentence

Experts reassured the public that the accident wouldn't happen again. I tried to reassure myself that the children were safe. The news didn't reassure him.
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None of this is reassuring about the fair administration of justice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "State AGs for Rent," 6 Nov. 2018 Now, as the show launches its 10th season, its plot is facing even more changes—including coping with death—but there's something reassuring in having a few constants. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "People Are Seriously Divided Over Which Modern Family House Is Best," 26 Sep. 2018 The cameras, especially in our welcome centers, have been reassuring to parents, as has seeing more control over entrance and egress during the school day. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong weighed in on Sunday to reassure the public about the economic zones, which have 99-year leases, but also made no specific mention of China. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 Roach also held press conferences and meetings to reassure the community of his department's commitment to transparency and strengthening trust. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD violated policy, failed to review 19 police shootings," 4 Feb. 2018 Chinese officials have recently tried to reassure investors that the country’s economy is on solid footing, despite slowing growth and recent stock-market declines. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Falls Against Yen as Investors Seek Safety," 23 Oct. 2018 In a blog post, AMD’s chief technical officer Mark Papermaster reassured customers that there will be no change to the company’s product roadmap. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD loses another key executive, Jim Anderson, as it shifts manufacturing to TSMC," 27 Aug. 2018 In the horrific images, Melyssa lies on the freeway, bleeding from the head and in severe pain as bystanders and emergency personnel try to reassure her and get her into the ambulance. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of reassure

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reassure was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of reassure

: to make (someone) feel less afraid, upset, or doubtful


re·​as·​sure | \ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r \
reassured; reassuring

Kids Definition of reassure

: to make (someone) feel less afraid, upset, or doubtful

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