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
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Beneath these superficial inconsistencies, the great heart, the essentially true and generous nature of the woman, only waited the sufficient occasion to assert themselves. In the trivial intercourse of society she was open to ridicule on every side of her.
Birth and breeding can never fail to assert themselves: I believe in them, thank God, more firmly than ever.
Equality and fraternity, these are the ideals which once moved the world, and then fell into despite and mockery, as unrealities; but now they assert themselves in our hearts once more.
In bed our yesterdays are too oppressive: if a man can only get up, though it be but to whistle or to smoke, he has a present which offers some resistance to the past--sensations which assert themselves against tyrannous memories.
It is repeated by all the bugles of all the subordinate commanders; the sharp metallic notes assert themselves above the hum of the advance, and penetrate the sound of the cannon.
He was dogmatic with those who did not venture to assert themselves, but with the self-assertive he was very modest.
When the parting came he affected high spirits, to conceal certain inconvenient emotions which seemed inclined to assert themselves. This gaiety did not impose upon anybody, but they tried to look as if it did for his sake, and he got on very well till Mrs.
"The new Constitution has offered political parties opportunities to assert themselves more than ever before," Menouni said in an interview published Sunday by AFP, noting however that "in practice, there are delays, the expected change has not taken place, it may take time."
The Power of Rude is said to be an empowering call to women who need to assert themselves in day-to-day life.
Regardless of whether or not the elections are local, statewide or national, it's time for literate voters to assert themselves.
The background changes from pastel to an ominous red, and then shifts to grey and white as the children assert themselves by shouting 'No!'
He said Allama Iqbal believed that religion was a living and dynamic force that needed to be continuously interpreted, and called upon the people to assert themselves in reinterpreting religious thought.
Boeung Ket soon began to assert themselves and Maycon played in a pass that Julius Oiboh drove home.
Allama Iqbal believed that religion was a living and dynamic force that needed to be continuously interpreted, the former President said and called upon the people to assert themselves in reinterpreting religious thought.
KUWAIT -- Driven by the desire to break routine and explore the world, Kuwaitis set out on journeys around the globe to gain experience, defy risks and assert themselves. (Report by Rowan Al-Naqib) (Issued).