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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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Over the next couple of years, we will work closely with the MOD to better understand their changing priorities and requirements to ensure that ASSERT continues to align with their needs.
Two out of three of [Bradley's] arguments are completely out the window," asserts Joseph L.
In addition, if an estate was not allowed to be reduced through a deduction of additional gift taxes, the Service would have the ability (by deciding whether to assert a gift tax deficiency) to determine the distribution of wealth among a family--an area traditionally left to wills and probate courts.
Repeated exposure to information that totally rewrites the past may foster memory blunders of a potentially more dangerous sort than hindsight bias, other scientists assert.
Employing hysterical language, the booklet asserts that unless Americans embrace fundamentalism, the country will be plagued with terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Both chromosome segments contain genes of known function that may correspond to human genes and could plausibly contribute to alcoholism, though not causing it on their own, Silver's group asserts in the June Nature Genetics.
The Notice of Claim was filed to reserve to the property owners their right to assert claims for money damages at a later date against both the State and the City.
The newly unearthed bones, as well as a partial Dryopithecus skull previously found at the same site, apparently come from a single adult male, assert Salvador Moya-Sola and Meike Koehler of the Miquel Crusafont Istitute of Paleontology in Sabadell, Spain.
To assert that an issue that the parties never even contemplated is not a new matter merely because it happens not to conflict with the broad language of the deficiency notice would be to elevate semantics over substance and reality.
No respected scholar of legal or constitutional history would assert that the Ten Commandments have played a dominant or major role, or even a significant role, in the development of American law as a whole.
At the very least, they should be prepared to defend themselves in the event that one or more states assert their taxing jurisdiction over them based solely on their use of the Internet.
Some investigators assert that EMDR combines superfluous finger waving with the previously documented benefits of exposure therapy, in which people mentally confront past traumas and redefine their meaning in constructive ways.
In this case, no party had asserted or planned to assert any legally enforceable claim.