sure


sure
sure [shoor]
adj..
surer surest th [OFr .seur < L securus: see SECURE]
1. Obs. secure or safe
2. that will not fail; always effective [a sure method]
3. that can be relied upon; trustworthy [a sure friend]
4. that cannot be doubted, questioned, or disputed; absolutely true; certain
5. having or showing no doubt; positive; confident [to be sure of one's facts]
6. that can be counted on to be or happen [a sure defeat]
7. bound or destined to do, experience, or be something specified [sure to be elected]
8. never missing; unerring [a sure aim]
adv.
surer, surest Informal
1. surely; inevitably
2. certainly; indeed: an intensive, often used as an affirmative answer to questions
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for sure
certain(ly); without doubt
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make sure
to be or cause to be certain
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sure enough
Informal certainly; without doubt
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to be sure
surely; certainly
sureness
n.
SYN.- SURE, the simple word, suggests merely an absence of doubt or hesitancy [I'm sure you don't mean it ]; CERTAIN usually suggests conviction based on specific grounds or evidence [this letter makes me certain of his innocence ]; CONFIDENT stresses the firmness of one's certainty or sureness, esp. in some expectation [she's confident she'll win ]; POSITIVE suggests unshakable confidence, esp. in the correctness of one's opinions or conclusions, sometimes to the point of dogmatism [he's too positive in his beliefs ] -ANT. DOUBTFUL

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