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.