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make sure

1. To check something in order to confirm that it is true, correct, or is happening. I just want to make sure that our meeting is still on tomorrow. Did you make sure the lights were off before you left? I always get to the airport two hours early to make sure of making my flight.
2. To be careful not to forget to do something; to ensure that something is done. Often said as a command or instruction. Make sure to pick up a shovel before this weekend's snow storm. I'll make sure I ask him about it tomorrow.
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make sure (of something)

to check something and be certain about it. Please make sure of your facts before you write the report. We made sure of the route we had to follow before we left. Please double-check and make sure.
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make sure

1. Make certain, establish something without doubt, as in Make sure all the doors are locked. It is also put as make sure of, as in Before you make that speech, make sure of your facts. This usage was first recorded in 1565.
2. make sure of. Act so as to be certain of something, as in He wanted to make sure of his own district before seeking support elsewhere. This usage was first recorded in 1673.
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make ˈsure (of something/that...)


1 check that something is true or has been done: I think the door’s locked, but I’d better go and make sure.Have you made sure that we’ve got enough money?
2 do something in order to be certain that something else happens: I want to make sure that the party is a success.Make sure there’s enough to eat tonight.
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make sure

To establish something without doubt; make certain: Make sure he writes it down.
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When 19,500 visitors attended opening day festivities to celebrate a four-year, $425 million renovation at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Randall Mosby was busy behind the scenes making sure the vast new technology infrastructure was running smoothly.
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"We feel that it truly makes us unique and adds a large amount of extra security to our process for clients that are more concerned with environmental liability and making sure that all of their equipment is actually accounted for," he says.
Although Wexner actually implemented an official no-lift policy in 2000, not much really happened until the company established a safety committee a couple years later and gave it the responsibility of making sure the policy was being carried out.
"I think the majority of Ohioans care very deeply about protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, making sure that people who work hard get paid for what they've earned, making sure that kids have health care regardless of the kind of jobs their parents have, making sure that a citizen has equal access to good education to prepare them for the future.