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sure

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a sure sign (=a very clear sign)
▪ He was walking up and down, a sure sign that he was worried.
a sure way
▪ Improving your diet is the surest way to lower your risk of heart disease.
feel sure/certain (=think that something is definitely true)
▪ She felt sure she’d made the right decision.
know for sure
▪ I think he’s still living in Chicago, but I don’t know for sure.
sure touch (=confident way of doing things)
▪ His sure touch and attention to detail are just as evident now.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
absolutely
▪ And make absolutely sure the policy you buy covers you for winter sports and not just travel.
▪ I am absolutely sure that my friend Jimmy Wall and I failed in our attempt to set a record.
▪ And until she's sure, you can't be absolutely sure yourself.
▪ And one final thing, just to make absolutely sure.
▪ Not absolutely sure about that, yet absolutely sure yes? - that you are perfectly happy here.
▪ We have to be absolutely sure that only the pollen we want reaches the stigma.
▪ For we can be absolutely sure she was there, the whole time.
▪ Don't throw anything away until you are absolutely sure you won't need it again.
pretty
▪ I saw you two had your heads bowed and I was pretty sure it wasn't religious devotion.
▪ Marine scientists were pretty sure a coral reef, like any complex ecosystem, must be assembled in the correct order.
▪ He was pretty sure that was new.
▪ I was pretty sure Dilip would find the dang about as interesting as mud.
▪ A glance at the map made Charles pretty sure that that gun was now in the Thames.
▪ I was pretty sure before I went up to her apartment, but that clinched it.
▪ But she was pretty sure Uncle Albert would find it interesting.
▪ He said nothing but I was pretty sure he was close to tears.
quite
▪ No one in the room was quite sure what would happen next as Romanov offered no opinion.
▪ Then thirdly, make quite sure the objective is implemented properly, so you have to monitor.
▪ She wasn't quite sure where she hoped to get to, what she hoped to achieve, but it felt right.
▪ She wasn't quite sure any longer.
▪ He was not quite sure who it was, but he had certain ideas.
▪ Still, he could not be quite sure that he always did that with his bread.
▪ I was quite sure I hadn't called the house the previous night.
so
▪ We're so sure about the reliability of our washing machines that we've given them a full 5-year parts guarantee.
▪ I was so sure of this, I told my husband.
▪ But things had changed; the ground she had thought she was so sure of had shifted a little.
▪ Her New York friends were not so sure.
▪ Though I am not so sure.
▪ A few miles away, in the small house that Sally, Roy and Cicely share, Sally is not so sure.
▪ Management theorists were not so sure.
▪ Then he learned why the Big Nurse was so sure of her hand.
■ NOUN
sign
▪ He pulled the ball; a sure sign he was choking.
▪ These are the sure signs that green corn tamale season is in full swing.
▪ The oyster boats were still fixed to the moorings, a sure sign that Oystermouth was in mourning.
▪ He complained that newcomers forgot to bring church membership certificates along, a sure sign that they expected no church at all.
▪ Last week saw talk of intervention to underpin the euro, a sure sign that policymakers are starting to be concerned.
▪ The Presidential lips pursed, a sure sign of anger.
▪ We sighted a fishing boat in the distance, a sure sign of more sheltered water.
▪ He scratched his head, a sure sign of thought.
way
▪ There will be no surer way of rendering the divisional championship worthless than introducing a tiny club super-league.
▪ This will likely be the only sure way they have of increasing their base pay level. 5.
▪ The only sure way to reduce the danger is to reduce the world's store of uranium and plutonium.
▪ Instantly she saw a surer way to defend herself than with an ax.
▪ But the only sure way to tell if the sett is in use is to watch it.
▪ The surest way to do that is to get a poor child a ticket to a good school.
▪ Never use rubber bands to tie back your hair: it's a sure way to get hair breakage.
▪ Understanding and planning for your own needs-as well as the needs of your business-is the surest way to succeed.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
it's a safe/sure/fair bet (that)
▪ As soon as a board attempts to interfere with management tasks it's a fair bet that profits will decline.
▪ He may not fancy it, but it's a safe bet that he would be the first man to do it.
▪ Since they're not, it's a fair bet that they show something she doesn't want you to know.
sure as hell
▪ Alan, if I could get you out of there, I sure as hell would.
▪ And they sure as hell don't understand any of us.
▪ But it will sure as hell make him think twice before risking it.
▪ Goddamn that tune, it sure as hell sounds familiar!
▪ I as sure as hell don't want it.
▪ I don't think I scare easily, but I sure as hell scared myself that weekend.
▪ Not even that low humming sound which I knew sure as hell wasn't the thermostat on the fridge.
▪ They sure as hell don't need your paper and even less journalists like Steven Wells with his repetitive, egotistical comments!
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ 'The car was a BMW' 'Are you sure?'
▪ Are you quite sure that he understood your instructions?
▪ I'm pretty sure Barbara still works here.
▪ I'm surprised she isn't here - I was sure she would come.
▪ I think children are influenced by these films, but it's impossible to be sure about this.
▪ I think Leah lives here, but I'm not sure.
▪ We do not believe this is the body of the missing girl, but we have to check to be absolutely sure.
▪ You need to be sure of your facts before making any accusations.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Are you sure that isn't Transylvania?
▪ Are you sure you aren't paying too much tax?
▪ Clara waited, eyes on the window, until she was sure Cybil was through with the Wedding March.
▪ He wanted to be sure he could return to London if he didn't like his new job.
▪ Lou Rigatoni laughed and doffed his hat, which Madame Astarti thought was a fedora but wasn't sure.
▪ Moreover, how could he be sure Sir Philip would disregard his illegitimacy, as Madeleine appeared to do?
▪ This is where you attract the patrons and sponsors who will make sure that you get the choice assignments.
▪ To be sure, designers on one side may pirate good ideas, may imitate design features, from the other side.
II.adverb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "The turkey looks pretty good, doesn't it?" "It sure does."
Sure, he's cute, but I'm still not interested.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And sure enough, the signatures did look personalized.
Wikipedia

Sure (Every Little Thing song)

"Sure" was the fifteenth single by the Japanese J-pop group Every Little Thing, released on February 16, 2000. It was used as theme song of the drama Virtual Girl.

Sure (Take That song)

"Sure" is a single by British boy band Take That, released as the lead single from their third studio album Nobody Else (1995). Released on 3 October 1994, it was a departure from their previous singles, having a more American, R&B sound compared to their previous, more pop/dance oriented songs. It was written by Take That's lead singer Gary Barlow with contributions from fellow band members Robbie Williams and Mark Owen. The song has received a silver disc certification and sold over 215,000 copies in the UK.

Suré

Suré is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.

Sure (brand)

Sure (company)

Sure, a trading brand of Batelco, is a telecommunications company in the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, the Falkland Islands, St. Helena, Ascension Island, and the British Indian Ocean Territory. Sure is the largest tri-island mobile operator across the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The international division of Cable & Wireless plc bought Guernsey Telecoms from the States of Guernsey in 2002, rebranding as Sure in July 2007. Cable & Wireless opened an office in Jersey in 2004, offering corporate telecoms products. It launched the Sure brand along with mobile services in September 2006. In the same year the company launched fixed line products (FirstDial Home and Business, later re-branded as SureDial Home & Business). In July 2007 Sure launched mobile services in the Isle of Man. In 2008 the company secured a fixed licence and introduced fixed line products (SureDial Home & Business), as well as High Speed Mobile Broadband utilising HSDPA technology. It launched fixed broadband services in the third quarter of 2009.

Sure became part of Cable & Wireless Communications in 2010 following a corporate split of Cable & Wireless plc, and was purchased by Batelco Islands Limited in 2013. The company has the largest market share of mobile, landline and broadband customers in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which incorporates the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Alderney and Sark.

Sure (Debbie Gibson song)

"Sure" (Atlantic Philippines/WEA single ATR-0456) is a song written, produced and performed by American singer-songwriter- actress Deborah Gibson. An album track on Anything Is Possible ( Atlantic LP 82167), this song was paired with another track from the same album, "Stand Your Ground", produced by Fred Zarr for BiZarr Music Inc., for this single.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sure

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.
--Byron.

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.

    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.''
    --Keble.

    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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

WordNet

sure

  1. adj. 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 sure ground"

  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 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

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]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

sure

early 13c., "safe against attack, secure," later "firm, reliable" (c.1300); "mentally certain, confident" (mid-14c.); "firm, strong, resolute" (c.1400), from Old French seur, sur "safe, secure; undoubted, dependable, trustworthy" (12c.), from Latin securus "free from care, untroubled, heedless, safe" (see secure (adj.)). Pronunciation development is that of sugar (n.).\n

\nAs an affirmative meaning "yes, certainly" it dates from 1803, from Middle English meanings "firmly established; having no doubt," and phrases like to be sure (1650s), sure enough (1540s), and for sure (1580s). The use as an adverb meaning "assuredly" goes back to early 14c. Sure-footed is from 1630s, literal and figurative; sure thing dates from 1836. In 16c.-17c., Suresby was an appellation for a person to be depended upon.

Wiktionary

sure

a. 1 Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable. 2 Certain in one's knowledge or belief. adv. (context :Category:English modal adverbs modal adverb English) without doubt. interj. (rft-sense) yes, of course.

Usage examples of "sure".

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

It was the abortifacient, she was sure, that was what she was using to detect Sime fetuses.

For ourselves, while whatever in us belongs to the body of the All should be yielded to its action, we ought to make sure that we submit only within limits, realizing that the entire man is not thus bound to it: intelligent servitors yield a part of themselves to their masters but in part retain their personality, and are thus less absolutely at beck and call, as not being slaves, not utterly chattels.

Not at all unhandsome, yet, now that she knew, she could see his indebtedness, the sure burden upon him, and the truth that, for him, for every child he might sire, there would be no absolving the stigma.

As such minute doses of the salts of ammonia affect the leaves, we may feel almost sure that Drosera absorbs and profits by the amount, though small, which is present in rainwater, in the same manner as other plants absorb these same salts by their roots.

The Wests clearly made sure Carol Ann Cooper could neither move nor cry out when they abused her.

But there can be no doubt that the Wests made sure she could neither move nor cry out when they abused her.

For your willing ear and prospectus of what you might teach us, we will make sure, on your eight-hour shift, that we take all drunks, accidents, gunshots, and abusive hookers away from the House of God and across town to the E.

Take a seat, and tell me what there is to prevent you, when, in accepting my offer, you are sure to please M.

She could be sure that Sister Erminet would report every detail of her encounter with the High Initiate back to Kael Amion, enriching the mixture with her own acerbic observations.

Sure enough, the keys were in the ignition, just like the Scorpion Lady had promised, and I drove out to Phaya Tai Road and cruised up and down it til I finally found the Acme Fertilizer Company.

It was chance, Harry was sure, that had taken Paula to the Hong Kong Shop after she had bought red primroses at the Acme Florists.

Using a tossed coin to make sure she chose the piles randomly, she buried one acorn in the first and the other in the second.

I woke with thoughts of her, and feeling sure that we should become acquainted I felt curious to know what success I should have with her.

To be sure, if we will all stop, and allow Judge Douglas and his friends to march on in their present career until they plant the institution all over the nation, here and wherever else our flag waves, and we acquiesce in it, there will be peace.