What is the meaning of sure?


  • Having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured.
    • usage: "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
  • Exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance.
    • usage: "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"
  • Certain to occur; destined or inevitable.
    • usage: "he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"
  • Physically secure or dependable.
    • usage: "a sure footing"; "was on sure ground"
  • Reliable in operation or effect.
    • usage: "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
  • Of persons. ( worthy of trust or confidence)
    • usage: "a sure (or trusted) friend"
  • Infallible or unfailing.
    • usage: "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"
  • Certain not to fail.
    • usage: "a sure hand on the throttle"
  • Impossible to doubt or dispute.
    • usage: "indisputable (or sure) proof"


  • Definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely'. )
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). sure. Retrieved January 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/sure/definitions/1184830
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "sure" http://smartdefine.org/sure/definitions/1184830 (accessed January 22, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "sure" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/sure/definitions/1184830>
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