To be sure
Sure 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. [1913 Webster]

We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. --Rom. ii. 2. [1913 Webster]

I'm sure care 's an enemy of life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health. [1913 Webster]

3. Fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent; enduring. ``His sure word.'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

The Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord. --1 Sam. xxv. 28. [1913 Webster]

The testimony of the Lord is sure. --Ps. xix. 7. [1913 Webster]

Which put in good sure leather sacks. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

4. Betrothed; engaged to marry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

I presume . . . that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife. --Brome. [1913 Webster]

5. Free from danger; safe; secure. [1913 Webster]

Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; If we recover that we are sure enough. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]

She that's made sure to him she loves not well. --Cotgrave. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Certain; unfailing; infallible; safe; firm; permanent; steady; stable; strong; secure; indisputable; confident; positive. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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