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Definition 1: having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • felt certain of success
  • was sure (or certain) she had seen it
  • was very sure in his beliefs
  • sure of her friends

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) persuaded of; very sure

"were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join" "I am positive he is lying" "was confident he would win"

(... are attributes of sure) the state of being certain

"his certainty reassured the others"

(... are attributes of sure) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

"his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular" "after that failure he lost his confidence" "she spoke with authority"

Definition 2: certain to occur; destined or inevitable - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was certain to fail
  • his fate is certain
  • In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes
  • he faced certain death
  • sudden but sure regret
  • he is sure to win

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) (usually followed by `to') governed by fate

"bound to happen" "an old house destined to be demolished" "he is destined to be famous"

(sure is similar to ...) (usually followed by `to') determined by tragic fate

"doomed to unhappiness" "fated to be the scene of Kennedy's assassination"

(sure is similar to ...) established or prearranged unalterably

"his place in history was foreordained" "a sense of predestinate inevitability about it" "it seemed predestined since the beginning of the world"

(sure is similar to ...) certain to get or have

"he knew he was in for a licking"

(means also ...) capable of being foretold

Definition 3: definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 4: exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through
  • be sure to lock the doors

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) exercising caution or showing care or attention

"they were careful when crossing the busy street" "be careful to keep her shoes clean" "did very careful research" "careful art restorers" "careful of the rights of others" "careful about one's behavior"

Definition 5: reliable in operation or effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a quick and certain remedy
  • a sure way to distinguish the two
  • wood dust is a sure sign of termites

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) worthy of reliance or trust

"a reliable source of information" "a dependable worker"

Definition 6: physically secure or dependable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sure footing
  • was on sure ground

(sure is similar to ...) free from danger or risk

"secure from harm" "his fortune was secure" "made a secure place for himself in his field"

Definition 7: certain not to fail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sure hand on the throttle

(sure is similar to ...) not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

"a steady beat" "a steady job" "a steady breeze" "a steady increase" "a good steady ballplayer"

Definition 8: infallible or unfailing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment

(sure is similar to ...) consistent with fact or reality; not false

"the story is true" "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true" "the true meaning of the statement"

Definition 9: (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sure (or trusted) friend

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) worthy of trust or belief

"a trustworthy report" "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"

Definition 10: impossible to doubt or dispute - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • indisputable (or sure) proof

Synonyms for sure in the sense of this definition

(sure is similar to ...) established beyond doubt or question; definitely known

"what is certain is that every effect must have a cause" "it is certain that they were on the bus" "his fate is certain" "the date for the invasion is certain"

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