Definitions for: Sure


[adv] definitely or positively; "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"; (`sure' is used informally for `surely' as in"they sure smell good"; "sure he'll come")
[adj] exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance; "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"
[adj] impossible to doubt or dispute; "indisputable (or sure) proof"
[adj] having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
[adj] certain to occur; destined or inevitable; "he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"
[adj] capable of being depended on; "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
[adj] physically secure or dependable; "a sure footing"; "was on sure ground"
[adj] certain not to fail; "a sure hand on the throttle"
[adj] infallible or unfailing; "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"
[adj] (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence; "a sure (or trusted) friend"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sure, a. [Compar. Surer; superl. Surest.] [OE. sur,
OF. se["u]r, F. s[^u]r, L. securus; se aside, without + cura
care. See Secure, and cf. Assure, Insure, Sicker
sure.]
1. Certainly knowing and believing; confident beyond doubt;
implicity trusting; unquestioning; positive.

We are sure that the judgment of God is according to
truth against them which commit such things. --Rom.
ii. 2.

I'm sure care 's an enemy of life. --Shak.

2. Certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be
sure of success; to be sure of life or health.

3. Fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or
disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent;
enduring. ``His sure word.'' --Keble.

The Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house;
because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord.
--1 Sam. xxv.
28.

The testimony of the Lord is sure. --Ps. xix. 7.

Which put in good sure leather sacks. --Chapman.

4. Betrothed; engaged to marry. [Obs.]

The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her
husband before God. --Sir T. More.

I presume . . . that you had been sure as fast as
faith could bind you, man and wife. --Brome.

5. Free from danger; safe; secure.

Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; If we
recover that we are sure enough. --Shak.


To be sure, or Be sure, certainly; without doubt; as,
Shall you do? To be sure I shall.

To make sure.
(a) To make certain; to secure so that there can be no
failure of the purpose or object. ``Make Cato sure.''
--Addison. ``A peace can not fail, provided we make
sure of Spain.'' --Sir W. Temple.
(b) To betroth. [Obs.]

She that's made sure to him she loves not well.
--Cotgrave.

Syn: Certain; unfailing; infallible; safe; firm; permanent;
steady; stable; strong; secure; indisputable; confident;
positive.


Sure, adv.
In a sure manner; safely; certainly. ``Great, sure, shall be
thy meed.'' --Spenser.

'T is pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print.
--Byron.

Synonyms: bound(p), careful, certain, certain(p), certainly, confident(p), convinced(p), dependable, destined, doomed, fated, for certain, for sure, foreordained, in for(p), indisputable, positive(p), predestinate, predestined, reliable, secure, steady, sure as shooting, sure enough, surely, true, trusted, trustworthy, trusty

Antonyms: incertain, uncertain, unsure

See Also: predictable

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