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Sure
See also: Sure, süre, and sûre

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English sure, seur, sur, borrowed from Middle French sur or Old French seür, from Latin s?c?rus ("secure", literally "carefree"), from s?- ("apart") + c?ra ("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 ?ewis, ?ewiss ("certain, sure")), Middle English siker ("sure, secure") (from Old English sicor ("secure, sure")) with which was cognate.

This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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, in 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; / If we recover that we are sure enough.
  5. (obsolete) Betrothed; engaged to marry.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir T. More and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God.
    • (Can we date this quote by Brome and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I presume [...] that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife.

Synonyms

Derived terms

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Translations

Adverb

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!"
    • (Can we date this quote by Charles Lamb and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      These high and gusty relishes of life, sure,
      Have no allayings of mortality in them.

Usage notes

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

Interjection

sure

  1. Yes. (Expresses 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."

Synonyms

  • (noncommittal yes): OK, yes

Translations

References

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

Anagrams


Danish

Adjective

sure

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

Finnish

Verb

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.

Anagrams


French

Pronunciation

Adjective

sure

  1. feminine singular of sur

Anagrams


Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old French seür, from Latin s?c?rus. Doublet of siker.

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /s?u?r/, /siu?r/, /su:r/

Adjective

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
Derived terms
Descendants
References

Adverb

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
Descendants
References

Etymology 2

From sure (noun).

Verb

sure

  1. Alternative form of suren

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

sure

  1. definite singular of sur
  2. plural of sur

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic, related to s?r ("sour").

Pronunciation

Noun

s?re f

  1. sorrel

Pali

Alternative forms

Noun

sure

  1. vocative singular of sur? ("a class of liquor")

Romanian

Pronunciation

Adjective

sure

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

Swedish

Adjective

sure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of sur.

Turkish

Turkish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology

From Arabic (s?ra).

Noun

sure (definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

Declension

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

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