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
3 : reinsure

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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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Today’s teens are in constant digital proximity to their parents, which can be reassuring for safety’s sake. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Girls today are seemingly the fiercest America has ever produced. Why can’t we protect them?," 16 Aug. 2019 The payouts help alleviate cashflow problems after disasters, reassuring investors and credit-rating agencies. The Economist, "Countries most exposed to climate change face higher costs of capital," 15 Aug. 2019 This had reassured people following a week-long troop build-up in the state of around 38,000 more security personnel. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir descends into a witch’s brew of fear and suspense," 4 Aug. 2019 The more the economy is global, the more people need to be reassured that their roots will be respected. Michał Matlak, The New York Review of Books, "‘Nostalgia Serves No Purpose’: An Interview with Michel Barnier," 29 May 2019 The limited cooperation, Elrich said, should still be reassuring to undocumented residents that the county is not closely linked to immigration enforcement agents. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Seven undocumented immigrants emerge as sex assault suspects and pull Montgomery County into national debate," 8 Sep. 2019 Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has sought to reassure investors that the city still adheres to the rule of law and has an independent judiciary. Iain Marlow, Fortune, "How Trump Could Quickly Raise the Stakes in Hong Kong," 17 Aug. 2019 While there were some differences when performance wasn't as high, the likely reasons for those differences aren't reassuring. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people," 13 Aug. 2019 For residents, the regular hum of traffic is reassuring. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 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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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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involving a confidence or trust

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