re·​as·​sure | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r How to pronounce reassure (audio) \
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web After that the overriding priority is to salvage Boeing by reassuring regulators, crews, airlines and passengers that a software fault that has led to the 737 MAX’s grounding is fixed, and the aircraft is safe to fly. The Economist, "Schumpeter The last GE Man," 11 Jan. 2020 The idea was to deter Soviet ground forces and reassure U.S. allies by making clear that the U.S. would be willing to risk nuclear war to block a Soviet invasion of a country hosting the bombs. Miles A. Pomper, The Conversation, "Where in Turkey are the nuclear bombs stored?," 23 Oct. 2019 The animations emphasize that taxes are complicated but also reassure users that the technological wizardry of TurboTax will protect them from mistakes. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free," 17 Oct. 2019 Its first priority was to reassure students and staff in town hall meetings that the university would support its international community. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Split decisions: How Brexit has taken a toll on five researchers," 3 Oct. 2019 The 92-year-old monarch failed to reassure the public of her son’s good nature and value to the royal family by riding with him in a car to church near her Balmoral estate the day after Epstein’s death. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Queen finally getting a clue? She fears Prince Andrew’s Epstein scandal could cause ‘lasting’ damage, reports say," 3 Sep. 2019 Whatever the threat posed by the technology of the future, we are reassured by Bond’s example that one heroic individual (plus an attractive woman) can return us to normality. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 Maybe older people expect it and feel reassured by the spectacle of the president solving their problems on TV, but young people do not respond positively to it. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Putin flexes as ‘good czar,’ but can he remake Russia?," 1 July 2019 For years, a government panel has been discussing ways to handle the crisis and to reassure fishermen and residents who fear potential health impacts from releasing the radioactive water as well as harm to the region’s image. Washington Post, "Japan gov’t proposes Fukushima water release to sea or air," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reassure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce reassure (audio) \
reassured; reassuring

Kids Definition of reassure

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

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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