Asserting is all about standing up for what you believe. You might assert an opinion, your innocence, or even your authority over someone else.

The verb assert can be used for both opinions and for oneself. When asked, you can politely assert your desire to go to the amusement park for your birthday. If no one listens to you, you can assert yourself and forcefully state that you really want to go to the amusement park for your birthday. If that fails, you should just take yourself to the amusement park for your birthday. And get better friends.

Definitions of assert

v declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

affirm, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
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assert or affirm
claim, take
lay claim to; as of an idea
authenticate; affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
state firmly
affirm or avow formally or solemnly
assure, tell
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
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state emphatically and authoritatively

v state categorically

asseverate, maintain
allege, aver, say
report or maintain
predicate, proclaim
affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
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insist, take a firm stand
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

v assert to be true

“The letter asserts a free society”
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posit, postulate
take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

v insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized

“Women should assert themselves more!”
put forward
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acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
behave in a certain manner

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