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One entry found for assert.
Main Entry: as·sert
Pronunciation: schwa-primarystresssschwart, a-
Function: verb
1 : to state clearly and strongly
2 : to make others aware of <assert your rights>
- assert oneself : to act or speak up so others are aware of one's interests and opinions
synonyms ASSERT, DECLARE, AFFIRM, AVOW mean to state positively usually in the face of denial or objection. ASSERT suggests declaring with confidence often without need for proof or evidence <I assert that our team can win the game>. DECLARE stresses an open or public statement <declared that she would run for the senate>. AFFIRM suggests a firm belief based on evidence, experience, or faith <affirmed that there is good in everyone>. AVOW suggests an open and forceful statement that declares responsibility <the newspaper avowed responsibility for its mistake>.

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