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assert (oneself)

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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The defendant, in effect, is "asserting that he must be recognized as a private attorney general, protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of the public at large," explains Columbia University Professor of Constitutional Law Henry Monaghan.
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The tenant moved to dismiss, asserting that the notice of termination needed to be served in the same manner as the petition.
As a rule, police executives have been lax in asserting their primacy in this regard.
In one especially embarrassing incident, a group of 10 African-American employees filed suit against the Coalition, asserting they were forced to enter the office through a back door and eat in a segregated lunchroom.
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A taxpayer should not have to speculate about the Service's reasons for asserting that he owes more tax,just as the IRS should not have to guess at the taxpayer's reasons for asserting that he does not.
Duplicity" and asserting that he is "worse than [John] Kerry."
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Early media reports distilled the decisions by asserting that the high court had banned Commandments displays inside courthouses but allowed them outside.