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assert (v.)

c. 1600, "declare;" 1640s, "vindicate, maintain, or defend by words or measures," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere/adserere "to claim, lay claim to, appropriate," from ad "to" (see ad-) + serere "to join together, put in a row" (from PIE root *ser- (2) "to line up"). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights or authority" is recorded from 1879.

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Definitions of assert from WordNet

assert (v.)
state categorically;
Synonyms: asseverate / maintain
assert (v.)
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;
Synonyms: affirm / verify / avow / aver / swan / swear
assert (v.)
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized;
Women should assert themselves more!
Synonyms: put forward
assert (v.)
postulate positively and assertively;
The letter asserts a free society
Synonyms: insist
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