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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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I have to assert, with the whole force of my conviction, that the one weak place in my scheme would never have been found out if the one weak place in my heart had not been discovered first.
I stand here on a supreme moral elevation, and I loftily assert her accurate performance of her conjugal duties.
Also with regard to these two additional patents, SolarEdge asserts unauthorized use of patented technology, which is prohibited by law, and is intended to protect SolarEdge's significant investment in its innovative power optimizer technology.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, Moore's group asserts that the provision in the First Amendment barring laws "respecting an establishment of religion" protects no individual rights--a position that has been adopted by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
This book is an homage to Donald coxeter, whose efforts, Roberts asserts, saved classical geometry from virtual elimination from modern mathematics.
I do trust the president when he asserts that he has reviewed it carefully and therefore is convinced that there is full legal authority."
The exercises, Brown asserts, forced individuals to bond and develop lasting relationships.
Environmentalists don't like that it's voluntary, "but it's the most efficient way of meeting the targets and time tables," he asserts. "And it's working--we're on track to meet the GLBTS goals by or before the 2006 deadline."
Dean asserts that the paintings utilize images of youthful misbehavior in contrast to well-mannered adults to convey an order-promoting message to common Andeans.
George Yancey interrogates such claims in his text Who is White?: Latinos, Asians, and the New Black/Nonblack Divide, and attempts to debunk the popular notion that the future numerical minority reality of American whites is an "unalterable fact." Such predictions, he asserts, are wrong not because minority growth rates have been assessed incorrectly, but because the definition of who is white is continually changing.
In order to reinforce the divine nature of his gospel and call, Paul asserts his independence from Jerusalem and the apostles.
In your May edition we hear the narrative of Bishop Michael Ingham, who strongly asserts episcopal authority and canon law in order to crack down on dissent within his diocese over his intention to make New Westminster the first Anglican diocese in the world formally to recognize same-sex blessings.
Inspired by earlier studies such as Herbert Aptheker's 1943 American Negro Slave Revolts, the book asserts that antislavery violence united black and white enemies of the system, and lay deep in American History and culture (2).
"People who adore building companies will not put up with the restraints and some of the nonsense that comes with being public," asserts Jacobs, 52.
This book shows us art that asserts the authority, autonomy, self-assertiveness and sheer breathtaking scope of African creativity today.