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SURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sure mean? 

SURE (adjective)
  The adjective SURE has 9 senses:

1. having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
2. exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
3. certain to occur; destined or inevitable
4. physically secure or dependable
5. reliable in operation or effect
6. (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
7. infallible or unfailing
8. certain not to fail
9. impossible to doubt or dispute

  Familiarity information: SURE used as an adjective is familiar.


SURE (adverb)
  The adverb SURE has 1 sense:

1. definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')

  Familiarity information: SURE used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SURE (adjective)


Sense 1sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured

Synonyms:

sure; certain

Context examples:

felt certain of success / was sure (or certain) she had seen it / was very sure in his beliefs / sure of her friends

Similar:

confident; convinced; positive (persuaded of; very sure)

Attribute:

certainty (the state of being certain)

assurance; authority; confidence; self-assurance; self-confidence; sureness (freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities)

Antonym:

unsure (lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance)


Sense 2sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance

Synonyms:

sure; certain

Context examples:

be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through / be sure to lock the doors

Similar:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


Sense 3sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Certain to occur; destined or inevitable

Synonyms:

sure; certain

Context examples:

he was certain to fail / his fate is certain / In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes / he faced certain death / sudden but sure regret / he is sure to win

Similar:

in for (certain to get or have)

foreordained; predestinate; predestined (established or prearranged unalterably)

doomed; fated ((usually followed by 'to') determined by tragic fate)

bound; destined ((usually followed by 'to') governed by fate)

Also:

predictable (capable of being foretold)


Sense 4sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Physically secure or dependable

Context examples:

a sure footing / was on sure ground

Similar:

secure (free from danger or risk)


Sense 5sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reliable in operation or effect

Synonyms:

sure; certain

Context examples:

a quick and certain remedy / a sure way to distinguish the two / wood dust is a sure sign of termites

Similar:

dependable; reliable (worthy of reliance or trust)


Sense 6sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons) worthy of trust or confidence

Synonyms:

trusted; sure

Context example:

a sure (or trusted) friend

Similar:

trustworthy; trusty (worthy of trust or belief)


Sense 7sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Infallible or unfailing

Context example:

a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment

Similar:

true (consistent with fact or reality; not false)


Sense 8sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Certain not to fail

Context example:

a sure hand on the throttle

Similar:

steady (not subject to change or variation especially in behavior)


Sense 9sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impossible to doubt or dispute

Synonyms:

indisputable; sure

Context example:

indisputable (or sure) proof

Similar:

certain (established beyond doubt or question; definitely known)


SURE (adverb)


Sense 1sure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')

Synonyms:

sure as shooting; sure; for sure; for certain; certainly; surely; sure enough

Context examples:

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

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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