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See also: Sure, süre, and sûre

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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sure, seur, sur, from Middle French sur or Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus (secure, literally carefree), from sē- (apart) + cūra (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)).

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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, 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.
    • 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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AdverbEdit

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!"
    • Charles Lamb
      These high and gusty relishes of life, sure,
      Have no allayings of mortality in them.

Usage notesEdit

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

InterjectionEdit

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."

SynonymsEdit

  • (noncommittal yes): OK, yes

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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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 singular of sur

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French seür, from Latin sēcūrus. Doublet of siker.

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /sɛu̯r/, /siu̯r/, /suːr/

AdjectiveEdit

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
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AdverbEdit

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
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Etymology 2Edit

From sure (noun).

VerbEdit

sure

  1. Alternative form of suren

Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. singular definite of sur
  2. plural of sur

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. singular definite of sur
  2. plural of sur

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Germanic, related to sūr (sour).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sūre f

  1. sorrel

RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. feminine singular genitive form of sur
  2. feminine singular dative form of sur
  3. feminine plural nominative form of sur
  4. feminine plural accusative form of sur
  5. neuter plural nominative form of sur
  6. neuter plural accusative form of sur
  7. feminine plural genitive form of sur
  8. feminine plural dative form of sur
  9. neuter plural genitive form of sur
  10. neuter plural dative form of sur

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sure

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of sur.

TurkishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Arabic سُورَة (sūra).

NounEdit

sure (definite accusative sureyi, plural sureler)

  1. sura

DeclensionEdit

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