AskDefine | Define sure

Dictionary Definition

sure adj
1 having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends" [syn: certain(p)] [ant: uncertain, uncertain]
2 exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance; "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors" [syn: certain]
3 certain to occur; destined or inevitable; "he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win" [syn: certain] [ant: uncertain]
4 physically secure or dependable; "a sure footing"; "was on sure ground"
5 capable of being depended on; "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites" [syn: certain]
6 (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence; "a sure (or trusted) friend" [syn: trusted]
7 infallible or unfailing; "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"
8 certain not to fail; "a sure hand on the throttle"
9 impossible to doubt or dispute; "indisputable (or sure) proof" [syn: indisputable] adv : definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely'); "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough"; "he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come" [syn: surely, certainly, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From sur (or sure) < securus

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ʃʊə(ɹ)/, /SU@(r)/
  • (US) /ʃʊɹ/, /SUr/
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(r)

Homophones

Adjective

  1. Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.

Synonyms

Translations

physically secure and certain, reliable

Interjection

  1. Yes, of course.

Synonyms

Translations

yes, of course

References

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

French

Adjective

sure
  1. feminine of sûr
  2. feminine of sur

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic, related to sūr ‘sour’.

Pronunciation

/'su:re/

Noun

Romanian

Adjective

sure
  1. plural feminine/neuter form of sur

Swedish

Adjective

sure
  1. See sur

Extensive Definition

Sure or SURE may refer to:

In music

sure in Japanese: シュア

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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