HyperDic: sure

English > 10 senses of the word sure:
ADJECTIVEallsure, certainhaving or feeling no doubt or uncertainty
allsure, certainexercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
allsure, certaincertain to occur
allsurephysically secure or dependable
allsure, certainreliable / reliable in operation or effect
allsure, trusted(of persons) worthy of trust / trust or confidence
allsureinfallible or unfailing
allsurecertain not to fail
allsure, indisputableimpossible to doubt or dispute
ADVERBallsure, surely, certainly, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shootingdefinitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')
sure > pronunciation
Soundsshuh'r
Rhymesallure ... Ur: 39 rhymes with uhr...
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 1
MeaningHaving or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured.
Examples
  • "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"
  • "was very sure in his beliefs"
  • "sure of her friends"
Synonymcertain
Attribute ofassurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, surenessfreedom from doubt
certaintyThe state of being certain
Narrowerconvinced, positive, confidentpersuaded of
Oppositeuncertain, unsure, incertainlacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
Spanishcierto, seguro
Catalansegur
Nounssurenessfreedom from doubt
Adverbssurelydefinitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 2
MeaningExercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance.
Example "be sure to lock the doors"
Synonymcertain
BroadercarefulExercising caution or showing care or attention
Spanishseguro
Catalansegur
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 3
MeaningCertain to occur; destined or inevitable.
Examples
  • "sudden but sure regret"
  • "he is sure to win"
Synonymcertain
Narrowerbound, destined(usually followed by 'to') governed by fate
doomed, fated(usually followed by 'to') determined by tragic fate
foreordained, predestinate, predestinedEstablished or prearranged unalterably
in forCertain to get or have
See alsopredictablecapable of being foretold
Oppositeuncertainnot certain to occur
Spanishforzoso, ineludible, inevitable, inexorable, seguro
Catalancert, forçós, indefugible, ineludible, inevitable, inexorable, segur
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 4
Meaningphysically secure or dependable.
Examples
  • "a sure footing"
  • "was on sure ground"
BroadersecureFree from danger or risk
Spanishfirme, seguro
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 5
Meaningreliable / reliable in operation or effect.
Examples
  • "a sure way to distinguish the two"
  • "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
Synonymcertain
Broaderreliable, dependableworthy of reliance or trust
Spanishseguro
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 6
Meaning(of persons) worthy of trust / trust or confidence.
Example"a sure (or trusted) friend"
Synonymtrusted
Broadertrustworthy, trustyworthy of trust / trust or belief
Spanishfiel, leal
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 7
Meaninginfallible or unfailing.
Example"a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"
Broadertrueconsistent with fact or reality
Spanishindefectible, seguro
Nounssurenessfreedom from doubt
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 8
MeaningCertain not to fail.
Example"a sure hand on the throttle"
Broadersteadynot subject to change or variation especially in behavior
Spanishseguro
Nounssurenessthe quality of being steady and unfailing
English > sure: 10 senses > adjective 9
Meaningimpossible to doubt or dispute.
Example"indisputable (or sure) proof"
Synonymindisputable
BroadercertainEstablished beyond doubt or question
Spanishindiscutible, indisputable, irrefutable
Catalanindiscutible, irrefutable
English > sure: 10 senses > adverb 1
Meaningdefinitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely').
Examples
  • "the results are surely encouraging"
  • "it's going to be a good day for sure"
  • "they thought he had been killed sure enough"
  • "he'll win sure as shooting"
  • "they sure smell good"
  • "sure he'll come"
Synonymssurely, certainly, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishciertamente, con bastante seguridad, con certeza, con seguridad, seguramente, seguro, sin duda
Catalancertament, de segur, per descomptat, segurament, segur, sens dubte

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