sure

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See also: Sure, süre, and sûre

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sure, sur, from Middle French sur, from Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus (secure, literally carefree), from se (apart) + cura (care) (compare Old English orsorg (carefree), from or- (without) + sorg (care)). See cure. Displaced native Middle English wis, iwis (certain, sure) (from Old English ġewis, ġewiss (certain, sure)), Middle English siker (sure, secure) (from Old English sicor (secure, sure)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure (comparative surer, superlative surest)

  1. Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.
    This investment is a sure thing.   The bailiff had a sure grip on the prisoner's arm.
  2. Certain in one's knowledge or belief.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.
    He was sure she was lying.   I am sure of my eventual death.   John was acting sure of himself but in truth had doubts.
  3. Certain to act or be a specified way.
    Be sure to lock the door when you leave.
  4. (obsolete) Free from danger; safe; secure.
    • Shakespeare
      Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; / If we recover that we are sure enough.
  5. (obsolete) Betrothed; engaged to marry.
    • Sir T. More
      The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God.
    • Brome
      I presume [] that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife.

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Adverb[edit]

sure (comparative more sure, superlative most sure)

  1. (modal adverb) Without doubt.
    Sure he's coming! Why wouldn't he?
    "Did you kill that bear yourself? ―"I sure did!"

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often proscribed in favor of surely. May be informal.

Interjection[edit]

sure

  1. (Discuss(+) this sense) Yes, of course.

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References[edit]

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

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. definite and plural of sur

Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

sure

  1. Indicative present connegative form of surra.
  2. Second-person singular imperative present form of surra.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of surra.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. feminine form of sur

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Germanic, related to sūr (sour).

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Noun[edit]

sūre f

  1. sorrel

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. Inflected form of sur


Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of sur.

Turkish[edit]

Turkish Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic سورة (sūra).

Noun[edit]

sure (definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

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