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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Darling traveled to Monterrey to reassure Mexicans that his city still welcomed them. Kevin Sullivan, star-telegram, "In this Texas border town, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life," 7 July 2018 There may be a darkness that exists within HBO’s new series, Sharp Objects, but the cast and the crew attended the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday night hoping to reassure that a light is always found at the end of the tunnel. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sharp Objects' Premiere: Stars Talk Honoring the Silently Wounded, Embracing Female Empowerment," 27 June 2018 By the afternoon of February 26, the district police commander in Liupo was reassuring reporters that calm had returned to the area. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018 Gee's characterization of the plan (still in the works) was reassuring. Greg Larose,, "Daughters of Confederacy lose court fight to block Caddo monument removal: report," 26 Jan. 2018 This is a volatile, risky strategy, but the impulse towards face-saving is reassuring. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Trump Might Lose His Trade War With China," 9 July 2018 President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House that the U.S. would defend its close ally., "Today in History: February 10, 2018," 10 Feb. 2018 Never sneak out, but instead offer a cheerful goodbye that will help reassure your child – and maybe yourself. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Parent's survival guide to preschool," 10 July 2018 The judicious use of detention can help reassure skittish publics in times of truly high flow of asylum seekers. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 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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