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assert (one)self

To display self-confidence and strength of conviction, typically in the pursuit of something. Melanie is always so timid—I'm shocked she was able to assert herself to the boss today. You need to assert yourself and tell her how you really feel!
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assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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Murad said it's hard to assert oneself on the international scene when coming from a small nation plagued by conflict.
The winter that touches us most deeply is the coldness, hardness and unrelenting bitterness which comes from a determination to assert oneself over and above every other need.
Thus, if the social skill of knowing how to assert oneself without being violent makes one's life better by improving interpersonal relationships, that skill will be used.
Intended for children in grades 3-6, the activities range from learning how to assert oneself and develop basic time management to building teamwork skills to teaming up to make a coloring book for younger kids or writing poetry.
Even political discrimination can affect one's ability to assert oneself.
Genuine freedom is not merely the lack of oppression but the ability to productively assert oneself .