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 ?
'Amy, my dear Amy,' retorted Fanny, parodying her words, 'I know that I wish to have a more defined and distinct position, in which I can assert myself with greater effect against that insolent woman.'
And I want to beat them down--I only mean," she corrected herself, "that I want to assert myself, and it's difficult, if one hasn't a profession."
But you'll admit what a riddle it must have been for us when that calm, cold, little spitfire, Aglaya--(for she stood up to her mother and answered her questions with inexpressible contempt, and mine still more so, because, like a fool, I thought it my duty to assert myself as head of the family)--when Aglaya stood up of a sudden and informed us that 'that madwoman' (strangely enough, she used exactly the same expression as you did) 'has taken it into her head to marry me to Prince Lef Nicolaievitch, and therefore is doing her best to choke Evgenie Pavlovitch off, and rid the house of him.' That's what she said.
'Since you presume to contradict me, I'll assert myself a little.
It is excruciatingly difficult to assert myself in a city and society that imposes the obligation to be strong on me while also dictating how much of myself I can assert.
Modise says that "luck was on her side" when she gained the attention and the trust of an established company like Workforce Holdings: "It was a typical case of David and Goliath, where I had to fight and assert myself against a big and established company and clearly illustrate [Furaha's] value-add so that no one could take [Furaha] for granted."
"But," she added, "what helps me most is to be well-prepared before entering a situation where I have to assert myself."
"She helped me get my voice back and gave me the confidence to assert myself and never give up.
I believe that I have established myself as a capable director and in my projects which I take up as an actor now, I do not feel the need to assert myself as a person who knows the art of acting and directing.
"I am 26, I need to assert myself. I need to show what I can do.
"I needed to assert myself to be heard by these people.
Even today, I continue to assert myself, thanks to the same grounding in WILPF that I first experienced when I was in India.
I was missing too many easy balls, didn't assert myself enough, but I think my tactical knowledge ground out a victory.
This had a profoundly negative effect on my self-esteem and ability to assert myself.
"I don't see this game as being a chance to assert myself or look at it as an individual battle."