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ADJECTIVE (9)

1. having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured;
- Example: "felt certain of success"
- Example: "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"
- Example: "was very sure in his beliefs"
- Example: "sure of her friends"
[syn: certain(p), sure]

2. exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance;
- Example: "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"
- Example: "be sure to lock the doors"
[syn: certain, sure]

3. certain to occur; destined or inevitable;
- Example: "he was certain to fail"
- Example: "his fate is certain"
- Example: "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin
- Example: "he faced certain death"
- Example: "sudden but sure regret"
- Example: "he is sure to win"
[syn: certain, sure]

4. physically secure or dependable;
- Example: "a sure footing"
- Example: "was on sure ground"

5. reliable in operation or effect;
- Example: "a quick and certain remedy"
- Example: "a sure way to distinguish the two"
- Example: "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
[syn: certain, sure]

6. (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence;
- Example: "a sure (or trusted) friend"
[syn: sure, trusted]

7. infallible or unfailing;
- Example: "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"

8. certain not to fail;
- Example: "a sure hand on the throttle"

9. impossible to doubt or dispute;
- Example: "indisputable (or sure) proof"
[syn: indisputable, sure]


ADVERB (1)

1. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely');
- Example: "the results are surely encouraging"
- Example: "she certainly is a hard worker"
- Example: "it's going to be a good day for sure"
- Example: "they are coming, for certain"
- Example: "they thought he had been killed sure enough"
- Example: "he'll win sure as shooting"
- Example: "they sure smell good"
- Example: "sure he'll come"
[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 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 v.0.48:

Sure \Sure\, adv. In a sure manner; safely; certainly. "Great, sure, shall be thy meed." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 'T is pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. --Byron. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sure 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 shooting] 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 sure ground" 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 commitment" 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, yes sirree
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Sure ["Towards a Broader Basis for Logic Programming", Bharat Jayaraman, TR CS Dept, SUNY Buffalo, 1990]. (1995-01-05)