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4 definitions found
 for assert
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assert \As*sert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asserted; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Asserting.] [L. assertus, p. p. of asserere to join or
     fasten to one's self, claim, maintain; ad + serere to join or
     bind together. See Series.]
     1. To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and
        strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate.
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              Nothing is more shameful . . . than to assert
              anything to be done without a cause.  --Ray.
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     2. To maintain; to defend. [Obs. or Archaic]
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              That . . . I may assert Eternal Providence,
              And justify the ways of God to men.   --Milton.
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              I will assert it from the scandal.    --Jer. Taylor.
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     3. To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or
        measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert
        our rights and liberties.
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     To assert one's self, to claim or vindicate one's rights or
        position; to demand recognition.
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     Syn: To affirm; aver; asseverate; maintain; protest;
          pronounce; declare; vindicate.
  
     Usage: To Assert, Affirm, Maintain, Vindicate. To
            assert is to fasten to one's self, and hence to claim.
            It is, therefore, adversative in its nature. We assert
            our rights and privileges, or the cause of tree
            institutions, as against opposition or denial. To
            affirm is to declare as true. We assert boldly; we
            affirm positively. To maintain is to uphold, and
            insist upon with earnestness, whatever we have once
            asserted; as, to maintain one's cause, to maintain an
            argument, to maintain the ground we have taken. To
            vindicate is to use language and measures of the
            strongest kind, in defense of ourselves and those for
            whom we act. We maintain our assertions by adducing
            proofs, facts, or arguments; we are ready to vindicate
            our rights or interests by the utmost exertion of our
            powers.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  assert
      v 1: state categorically [syn: assert, asseverate,
           maintain]
      2: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before
         God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify,
         assert, avow, aver, swan, swear]
      3: insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized; "Women
         should assert themselves more!" [syn: assert, put
         forward]
      4: assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society" [syn:
         insist, assert]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "assert":
     advance, advocate, affirm, allege, allege in support, announce,
     annunciate, answer, argue, argue for, assever, asseverate, aver,
     avouch, avow, brook no denial, champion, confess, contend,
     contend for, counter, declare, defend, enunciate, espouse, express,
     express the belief, have, hold, insist, insist on, insist upon,
     issue a manifesto, lay down, maintain, make a plea, manifesto,
     nuncupate, persist, plead for, pose, posit, postulate, predicate,
     press, proclaim, profess, pronounce, propose, propound, protest,
     put, put it, quote, rebut, recite, refute, relate, reply, respond,
     riposte, say, say in defense, set down, set forth, speak,
     speak for, speak out, speak up, speak up for, stand for, stand on,
     stand up for, state, stick to, stick up for, submit, support,
     sustain, swear, take no denial, uphold, urge, urge reasons for,
     vow, warrant
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

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