Definition of sure in English:

sure

Syllabification: sure
Pronunciation: /SHo͝or
 
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adjective

adverb

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  • 1Certainly (used for emphasis): Texas sure was a great place to grow up
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    • For two decades, though, his constituents have sure voted as if they wanted lower taxes.
  • 1.1 [as an exclamation] Used to show assent: “Are you serious?” “Sure.”
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    • He wasn't there when I rang but a couple of hours later the answer came back - sure, no problem.
    • Increasingly they do, but, sure, it's a major aspect of the museum that needs to be out there more.
    • She's still a part of my life and, sure, it hurts sometimes to think about us not being together in the same way that we once were.

Phrases

be sure

[usually in imperative] Do not fail (used to emphasize an invitation or instruction): [with infinitive]: be sure to drop by [with clause]: be sure that you know what is required
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  • If you decide to visit Ren or a similar bar be sure to have accompaniment of the best kind.
Synonyms
remember to, don't forget to, see that you, mind that you, take care to, be certain to

for sure

informal Without doubt: I can’t say for sure what George really wanted
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  • No one knows for sure the exact position in 50 years' time, as no one has a crystal ball.
  • It's a commitment, for sure, but one that I hope you agree was definitely worth it in the end.
  • All we know for sure is that he seems to enjoy some sort of position of authority at the bar.
Synonyms

make sure

[usually with clause] Establish that something is definitely so; confirm: go and make sure she’s all right
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  • I made sure that they were definitely gone before stepping out from my hiding place.
  • A software legal advisor makes sure the evidence is admissible, convincing and legally obtained.
  • He makes sure he has a warrant of fitness, he does everything right, and he goes on the road and is completely within the Road Code.
Ensure that something is done or happens: he made sure that his sons were well educated
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  • So you can buy a guarantee to make sure the annuity pays out for at least five or ten years, even if you die.
  • Thus, the government was just making sure that nothing would happen on the day before.
  • Yet neither government has proved capable of making sure that money is well spent.

sure enough

informal Used to introduce a statement that confirms something previously predicted: when X-rays were taken, sure enough, there was the needle
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  • I always say there's no Neil Young like Angry Neil Young and, sure enough, he gets a lot of play.
  • The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
  • I tried looking for a map of Sydney, and sure enough, they claimed I was in the middle of that map too.

sure of oneself

Very confident of one’s own abilities or views: he’s very sure of himself
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  • I think I am reminding myself of what it feels like to feel attractive, confident, sure of myself.
  • Among the better Christmas presents would be a more vigorous parliament, sure of itself and its abilities and working all the time for a better Scotland.
  • Quite confident and sure of himself, Himanshu knows his heart and most importantly knows that it speaks the truth.

sure thing

informal A certainty.
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  • We're going to go over the sure things and long shots this hour.
  • There are no sure things in any sport, least of all in the fickle game of golf, but it will be a major upset if he does not win the $3m Bay Hill Invitational today.
  • We're told the two sure things in life are death and taxes.
[as exclamation] chiefly North American Certainly; of course: “Can I watch?” “Sure thing.”

to be sure

Used to concede the truth of something that conflicts with another point that one wishes to make: the ski runs are very limited, to be sure, but excellent for beginners
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  • That was unfortunate, to be sure, but certainly not intentional on his part.
  • Such insouciance sets an example, to be sure, but not the sort that allows match officials to sleep easily.
  • The wealthy do not speak in one voice, to be sure, but they share a broad common perspective.
Used for emphasis: what an extraordinary woman she was, to be sure
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  • Nostalgia, to be sure, is a disease, a disease that not even a double dose of reality can cure.
  • There is reason for bitter reflection upon the demise of the American empire, to be sure.
  • This is, to be sure, not a virtue on our part, but simply an idea we are used to.

Derivatives

sureness

noun
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  • That may sound dull, but he composed with a lyrical sureness of balance that makes his art as pure and purifying as he hoped.
  • It is meticulously incised with an image startling in its sureness of line, composition and structure, and magnificent in its subtlety.
  • Technically perfect, she stuck her landings with sureness and confidence.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French sur, from Latin securus 'free from care'.

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