I dare say


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I dare say

I assume, assert, or am quite certain. (Somewhat formal or old fashioned.) I dare say we'll hear from him again before the year is done. These trips are always rather tedious, but I dare say we'll be able to find something to divert our attention.
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I dare say

1. I venture to assert or affirm, as in I dare say my point of view will be heard. [c. 1300]
2. Also, I daresay. I presume or assume to be likely, as in I daresay you'll be invited. This usage is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1700s]
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I dare ˈsay

(spoken) I suppose; it seems probable: I dare say what you say is true, but it’s too late to change our plans now.
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References in classic literature ?
You have achieved so much, Lady Dedlock," said my guardian, "that you pay some little penalty, I dare say.
I dare say, sir, that Benjamin can tell you something about him, He cannot have been in the village, and Benjamin not have seen him often.
The baby's death troubled her, but I dare say she has only got cold.
I dare say he thought I was a vain goose, and laughed at me for my pains, like Churchill in 'Helen.
I dare say it was all right, and they got good by it; I don't want to judge them.
I dare say he does not,' said Mrs Varden; 'and I dare say you do not, Varden.
Oh, no; but if mama had not objected to it, I dare say he would have liked it of all things.
Catherine accepted this kindness with gratitude, and they continued as they were for three minutes longer, when Isabella, who had been talking to James on the other side of her, turned again to his sister and whispered, "My dear creature, I am afraid I must leave you, your brother is so amazingly impatient to begin; I know you will not mind my going away, and I dare say John will be back in a moment, and then you may easily find me out.
Goldsmith's History of Rome came to me much later, but quite as immemorably, and after I had formed a preference for the Greek Republics, which I dare say was not mistaken.
I dare say it would not be anything like as disagreeable as one supposes.
But you, Nancy, I dare say, have no sins that you would not gladly throw aside, if you knew how?
Let none be encouraged in their loose practices from this dexterous lady's management, for she is gone to her place, and I dare say has left nothing behind her that can or will come up on it.