[syn: surely, certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
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.
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.
Syn: Certain; unfailing; infallible; safe; firm; permanent;
steady; stable; strong; secure; indisputable; confident;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sure \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: 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, sure,
for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as
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),
sure] [ant: incertain, uncertain, unsure]
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, sure]
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, sure] [ant: uncertain]
4: physically secure or dependable; "a sure footing"; "was on
5: reliable in operation or effect; "a quick and certain
remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a
sure sign of termites" [syn: certain, sure]
6: (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence; "a sure (or
trusted) friend" [syn: sure, 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, sure]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
284 Moby Thesaurus words for "sure":
OK, Roger, abiding, absolute, absolutely, accurate, adducible,
admissible, agape, agog, all agog, all right, alright, alrighty,
amen, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory,
apodictic, arrogant, as you say, assured, assuredly, attestative,
attestive, authentic, awaiting, aye, based on, believing, bound,
by all means, calculable, certain, certainly, certified,
changeless, circumstantial, clear, clear and distinct,
clear as day, cocksure, cocky, conclusive, confident, constant,
convinced, convincing, covered, cumulative, da, damning, decided,
decisive, definite, dependable, determinate, determinative,
determined, devout, documentary, documented, dogmatic, doubtless,
eager, effective, enduring, ensured, established, evidential,
evidentiary, ex parte, exactly, expectant, expecting, eye-witness,
factual, faithful, faithworthy, fast, fated, fateful, fideistic,
final, fine, firm, firsthand, fixed, foolproof, forearmed,
forestalling, forewarned, founded on, gaping, genuine, good,
good enough, grounded on, guaranteed, hear, hearsay, hopeful,
hubristic, implicit, impressed with, in anticipation,
in expectation, incontestable, incontrovertible, incorruptible,
indeed, indeedy, indefeasible, indicative, indisputable,
indubitable, ineluctable, inerrable, inerrant, inescapable,
inevasible, inevitable, inexorable, infallible, inflexible,
insured, invincible, inviolable, irrefutable, irresistible,
irrevocable, ja, just so, looking for, looking forward to,
mais oui, material, most assuredly, naturally, naturellement,
necessary, never-failing, not surprised, nuncupative, of course,
okay, optimistic, oui, overconfident, oversure, overweening,
overwhelming, perfectly sure, persuaded, pert, pietistic, pious,
pistic, poised, pompous, positive, positively, precisely,
predestined, predetermined, predictable, prepared, presumptive,
probative, proud, proven, quite, rather, ready, real, really,
reassured, reliable, resistless, responsible, right, righto, safe,
sanguine, satisfied, secure, secured, self-assured, self-confident,
self-important, self-possessed, self-reliant, self-satisfied, set,
significant, sold on, solid, sound, stable, staunch, steadfast,
steady, straight, strong, substantial, suggestive, sure as death,
sure as fate, sure thing, sure-enough, sure-fire, surefire, surely,
symptomatic, telling, tested, to be sure, to be trusted, tried,
tried and true, true, truly, trustable, trustworthy, trusty,
unafraid, unambiguous, unavoidable, unchangeable, unchanging,
uncompromising, uncontestable, uncontrollable, undeflectable,
undeniable, under the impression, undeviating, undoubtful,
undoubting, unequivocal, unerring, unfailing, unfalse, unfaltering,
unflinching, unhesitating, univocal, unmistakable, unperfidious,
unpreventable, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioning,
unshakable, unshakeable, unshaken, unstoppable, unsurprised,
unswerving, untreacherous, unvarying, unwavering, unyielding,
valid, very well, waiting, waiting for, warranted, watching for,
weighty, well and good, well-founded, well-grounded, wholehearted,
why yes, yea, yeah, yep, yes, yes indeed, yes indeedy, yes sir,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
["Towards a Broader Basis for Logic Programming", Bharat
Jayaraman, TR CS Dept, SUNY Buffalo, 1990].