assert (one)self

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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!
See also: assert

assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
See also: assert
References in classic literature ?
A mad desire gripped her to assert herself, to make plain her resentment at this revolt of the serf.
The implication that May has struggled so far to assert herself in the negotiations is echoed by the opposition Labour Party, which announced this week that it would support remaining in a customs union with the EU.
Rose's deep faith gives her the confidence to assert herself as a woman of purpose, foreshadowing the state's women's rights movement.
On the day when it will be possible for a woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself - on that day love will become for her, as for a man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.
This electrifying story of love, passion and betrayal charts a young woman's struggle to assert herself in an unfeeling world.
When a female military personnel wants to assert herself while abiding by the law and imposing her authority, when these three converge in front of a civilian, they will either take it lightly, in a 'what can you do, you are a girl' manner, or behave in a nervous 'is it possible for a girl to come and arrest me?
Just as Emmy begins to assert herself, Cassius Everett, after a misunderstanding over her honor, becomes her husband and throws her life into more confusion.
In summary, a girl that completes secondary education is empowered in very practical ways and tends to assert herself and play a positive transformative role in the social and economic decisions of her home and her community.
The Church is not competent in the fields of technology or science, nor does she assert herself through power politics.
And the Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker said she still experiences a form of sexism in the music business - especially when she finds she has to assert herself as the person in charge.
Independent, strong-willed and free-spirited Bathsheba is not an easy woman to conquer and rule over, particularly when life has taught her to assert herself.
With the IAAF World Championships taking place in Moscow in August, Child is already casting one eye ahead and is keen to assert herself in the final of the 400m hurdles.
She could be feeling unsure of herself and is marking her territory to re-assure or assert herself.
It will not be long before she really starts to assert herself.