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 sē- ‎(apart) + cūra ‎(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. Yes. (Expresses noncommittal agreement or consent.)
    "Do you want me to put this in the garage?" "Sure, go ahead."
  2. (Discuss(+) this sense) Yes; of course.
    "Could you tell me where the washrooms are?" "Sure, they're in the corner over there."

Synonyms[edit]

  • (noncommittal yes): OK, yes

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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 singular of sur

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Germanic, related to sūr ‎(sour).

Pronunciation[edit]

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:

Wikipedia tr

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic سُورَة ‎(sūra).

Noun[edit]

sure ‎(definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

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