Meaning of “reassure” in the English Dictionary

"reassure" in British English

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reassureverb [ T ]

uk /ˌriː.əˈʃɔːr/ us /-ˈʃʊr/

C1 to comfort someone and stop them from worrying:

[ + to infinitive ] I was nervous on my first day at college, but I was reassured to see some friendly faces.
[ + (that) ] He reassured me (that) my cheque would arrive soon.

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  • The president hastened to reassure his people that he was in perfect health.
  • They sought to reassure the public.
  • He reassured people that law-abiding citizens would have nothing to fear from the enquiries.
  • The police have reassured witnesses who may be afraid to come forward that they will be guaranteed anonymity.
  • The firmness of his handshake reassured me.

(Definition of “reassure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reassure" in American English

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reassureverb [ T ]

us /ˌri·əˈʃʊr/

to comfort someone and stop that person from worrying:

Her smile didn’t reassure me.
reassuring
adjective us /ˌri·əˈʃʊr·ɪŋ/

His reassuring manner convinced her she was safe.
reassuringly
adverb us /ˌri·əˈʃʊr·ɪŋ·li/

I bent down and patted the dog reassuringly.

(Definition of “reassure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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