- 1 [predic., often with clause] Completely confident that one is right: I’m sure I’ve seen that dress before she had to check her diary to be sure of the day of the weekMore example sentences
- I'm not sure of his objections but I'm sure, if we try, we can reach agreement to our mutual satisfaction.
- She came home, sure of a good number of those questions, not as sure about several others.
- I was absolutely sure of myself, sure I was going to make him proud of me and I did.
- 2 (sure of/to do something) Certain to receive, get, or do something: United are sure of a UEFA Cup place it’s sure to rain before morningMore example sentences
- Cameras are expensive, but ask the avid photographer and you are sure to receive a nonchalant shrug.
- This very popular group are sure to receive a very warm welcome in the Western Hotel.
- Demand is likely to be high and with the use of the Middlethorpe stretch still in doubt, tickets are sure to sell out.
- 3True beyond any doubt: what is sure is that learning is a complex businessMore example sentencesSynonymsunquestionable, indisputable, incontestable, irrefutable, incontrovertible, undeniable, indubitable, beyond question, beyond doubt; undoubted, absolute, categorical, true, certain, well grounded, well founded, proven, settled, decided; obvious, evident, plain, clear, conclusive, final, definite, unmistakable, manifest, patent
- 3.1 [attributive] Able to be relied on or trusted: her neck was red—a sure sign of agitationMore example sentences
guaranteed, unfailing, infallible, unerring, assured, certain, inevitable, incontestable, irrevocablereliable, dependable, trustworthy, unfailing, infallible, never-failing, certain, unambiguous, tested, tried and true, true, foolproof, established, effective, efficacious• informal sure-fire
- Teague scowled, and his wings pressed closer to his back, a sure sign of agitation.
- Evidence of derelict buildings being refurbished at council expense are a sure sign of the nature of the trust.
- I delight in such juicy characters and put Bath's book down wanting more of them - a sure sign of a great read.
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- 1Certainly (used for emphasis): Texas sure was a great place to grow upMore example sentences
- For two decades, though, his constituents have sure voted as if they wanted lower taxes.
- 1.1 [as exclamation] Used to show assent: ‘Are you serious?’ ‘Sure.’More example sentences
- 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.
- [usually in imperative] Do not fail (used to emphasize an instruction): [with infinitive]: be sure to pop in [with clause]: be sure that you know what is required
- • informal Without doubt: I can’t say for sure what Giles really wantedMore example sentences
- 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.
- Establish that something is definitely so; confirm: go and make sure she’s all rightMore example sentences
- 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 educatedMore example sentences
- 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.
(as) sure as eggs is eggs (also as sure as fate)
- Without any doubt: ‘You’re sure about that?’ ‘Sure as eggs is eggs.’More example sentences
- If we don't, sure as eggs is eggs, the food chain will become corrupted beyond repair, and the gene pool turned back into primal soup.
- Had I not encountered Mr Rabbit I'd have ploughed right into them, sure as eggs is eggs.
- Second, it is a fact that two cockerels in proximity - whether bred for fighting or not - will, as sure as eggs is eggs, eventually attempt to murder each other.
- • informal Used to introduce a statement that confirms something previously predicted: when X-rays were taken, sure enough, there was the needleMore example sentences
- 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 himselfMore example sentences
- 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: I told my mates it was a sure thing and they put every last penny on that horse of yoursMore example sentences
- 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.
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 beginnersMore example sentences
- 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 sureMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French sur, from Latin securus 'free from care'.