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assert (verb) state clearly and firmly that something is right; (oneself) to behave with confidence and the determination to do what one wishes to do; to make others understand that you know your rights, position, etc..
When a person states strongly that what they feel is right, they assert that they are right. If you maintain that you are honest, you assert your honesty. When a person strongly denies their involvement in a crime, they assert that they are innocent, or, they assert their innocence. When a person has the confidence and is determined to go ahead with his plans, and makes others understand so, the person asserts himself. You assert yourself if you use your authority or position of power properly to have things done your way. You assert your right if you make others understand that you know your right and will exercise it if need be.
- She asserts that she has left the important papers under lock and key and that she is at a loss to know how their contents leaked out.
- The greatness of democracy is that it provides for the citizens to assert their right to freedom and equality, which are denied in almost any other form of government.
- The tragedy is that though Pitt is designated the CEO of the company, he cannot have things done by those under him according to his will, because he cannot assert himself.