sure

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See also: Sure, süre, sûre, and surə

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sure, seur, sur, from Middle French sur or Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus (secure, literally carefree), from sē- (apart) + cūra (care) (compare Old English orsorg (carefree), from or- (without) + sorg (care)). See cure. Doublet of secure and the now obsolete or dialectal sicker (certain, safe).

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)) with which was cognate.

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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.
    She is sure of herself.
    He was sure of being a finalist.
    They weren't sure who would attend.
    You seemed sure that the car was his.
    He was sure she was lying.
  3. (followed by a to infinitive) Certain to act or be a specified way.
    Be sure to lock the door when you leave.
  4. (obsolete) Free from danger; safe; secure.
  5. (obsolete) Betrothed; engaged to marry.
    • c. 1513-1518 (probably date written, published after 1535) Thomas More, History of King Richard III
      The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God.
    • 1632, Richard Brome, The Northern Lass
      I presum'd [] [that] you had been sure, as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife.

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Derived terms[edit]

Pages starting with “sure”.

Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: siúráil
  • Welsh: siwr

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

sure (comparative more sure, superlative most sure)

  1. (modal adverb) Without doubt, certainly.
    Sure he's coming! Why wouldn't he?
    "Did you kill that bear yourself?" ―"I sure did!"
    • 1802, Charles Lamb, John Woodvil
      These high and gusty relishes of life, sure,
      Have no allayings of mortality in them.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Interjection[edit]

sure

  1. Yes, expressing noncommittal agreement or consent.
    "Do you want me to put this in the garage?" "Sure, go ahead."
  2. Yes; of course.
    "Could you tell me where the washrooms are?" "Sure, they're in the corner over there."
  3. You're welcome; polite response to being thanked.
    "Thanks for helping me with that electrical fault." "Sure. Any time."

Synonyms[edit]

  • (noncommittal yes): OK, yes

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

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

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. inflection of sur:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

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]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. feminine singular of sur

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. Alternative spelling of sûre

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus. Doublet of siker.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sɛu̯r/, /siu̯r/, /suːr/

Adjective[edit]

sure (comparative seurer)

  1. safe, protected (not dangerous or harmful)
  2. fortified, well-defended, protected; especially religiously
  3. sure, certain, confirmed
  4. sure-minded (certain of one's intent)
  5. reliable, of good quality
  6. sound, sturdy, hardy
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Adverb[edit]

sure

  1. sure, surely, with no doubt or uncertainty
  2. entirely, wholly, fully
  3. While protecting something, with protection
  4. With a tight grasp or grip
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

sure

  1. Alternative form of suren

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

sure

  1. Alternative form of sire

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic سُورَة(sūra, chapter of the Qur'an).

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Noun[edit]

sure m (definite singular suren, indefinite plural surer, definite plural surene)

  1. (Islam) a sura (any of the 114 chapters of the Qur'an)

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic سُورَة(sūra, chapter of the Qur'an).

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Noun[edit]

sure m (definite singular suren, indefinite plural surar, definite plural surane)

  1. (Islam) a sura (any of the 114 chapters of the Qur'an)

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Germanic, related to sūr (sour).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sūre f

  1. sorrel

Pali[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

sure

  1. vocative singular of surā (a class of liquor)

Romanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. inflection of sur:
    1. genitive/dative feminine singular
    2. nominative/accusative/genitive/dative feminine/neuter plural

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 سُورَة(sūra).

Noun[edit]

sure (definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

Declension[edit]

Inflection
Nominative sure
Definite accusative sureyi
Singular Plural
Nominative sure sureler
Definite accusative sureyi sureleri
Dative sureye surelere
Locative surede surelerde
Ablative sureden surelerden
Genitive surenin surelerin