make sure

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make sure (third-person singular simple present makes sure, present participle making sure, simple past and past participle made sure)

  1. To verify, to recheck (with extra care or caution).
    When you leave, make sure you have locked the door behind you.
  2. To ensure, to be sure to (to take care that something happens).
    I'm going to make sure that I get to the interview on time.
    I expected to be able to get to the interview on time, but I left home earlier than usual just to make sure.
  3. (followed by of) To check the reliability (of something).
    Make sure of your sources before you publish.
  4. (obsolete or regional) To be sure (convinced).
    • 1888, Emma Leslie, “Bertie Danby's Training. Chapter 6: New Hopes”, in The Sunday at Home, Religious Tract Society, page 575:
      "You—you said God would bring papa back, if I prayed to Him, and I did, Ann. I've asked God every day, and I've been expecting papa ever since, and when Jack brought the dinner to-day, I made sure he had come at last."
    • 2012, Judith Saxton, Family Feeling:
      'You won't stay? Not even for one night? Oh, but, Kate, there's so much to do. I made sure you'd both stay to help me,' Dot said, despair coursing through her at the thought of the solitary tasks ahead.
  5. (obsolete) To betroth.
    • 1623, Thomas Dekker, The Wonder of a Kingdom
      she that's made sure to him she loves not well

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