sure /ˈʃʊr, ||ˈʃor/
Sure a. [Compar. Surer superl. Surest.]
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.”
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.”
'T is pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. --Byron.
adj 1: 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" [syn: certain(p)]
[ant: uncertain, uncertain]
2: 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" [syn: certain]
3: 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" [syn: certain] [ant: uncertain]
4: physically secure or dependable; "a sure footing"; "was on
5: 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" [syn: certain]
6: (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence; "a sure (or
trusted) friend" [syn: trusted]
7: infallible or unfailing; "a sure (or true) sign of one's
8: certain not to fail; "a sure hand on the throttle"
9: impossible to doubt or dispute; "indisputable (or sure)
proof" [syn: indisputable]
adv : definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used
informally for `surely'); "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"; "they sure smell
good"; "sure he'll come" [syn: surely, certainly, for
sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting]