See also: Sure, süre, and sûre

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sure, sur, from Middle French sur, from Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus (secure, literally carefree), from se (apart) + cura (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)).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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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Derived termsEdit

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AdverbEdit

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 notesEdit

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

InterjectionEdit

sure

  1. (Discuss(+) this sense) Yes, of course.

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ReferencesEdit

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

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DanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. definite and plural of sur

FinnishEdit

VerbEdit

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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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. feminine form of sur

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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Germanic, related to sūr (sour).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sūre f

  1. sorrel

RomanianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. Inflected form of sur


SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of sur.

TurkishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Arabic سورة (sūra).

NounEdit

sure (definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

DeclensionEdit

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