tr.v. as·sert·ed, as·sert·ing, as·sertsIdiom:
1. To state or express positively; affirm: asserted his innocence.
2. To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
3. To put into action boldly; employ or demonstrate: asserted her independence.
To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
[Latin asserere, assert- : ad-, ad- + serere, to join; see ser-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
as·serta·ble, as·serti·ble adj.
as·serter, as·sertor n.
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