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ASSERT', verb transitive [Latin assero, assertum, to claim or challenge, to maintain or assert; of ad and sero. The sense of sero is to sow, properly to throw or set. To assert is to throw or set firmly.]

1. To affirm positively; to declare with assurance; to aver.

2. To maintain or defend by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.