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English definition of “assert”

assert

verb [T]     /əˈsɜːt/ US  /-ˈsɝːt/
assert yourself C2 to behave in a way that expresses your confidence, importance, or power and earns you respect from others: I really must assert myself more in meetings.Assertions and asserting C1 formal to say that something is certainly true: [+ that] He asserts that she stole money from him.Assertions and asserting C2 to do something to show that you have power: Throughout the Cold War, the Allies asserted their right to move freely between the two Berlins. She very rarely asserts her authority over the children.Assertions and asserting
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