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
  1. verb
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    state categorically
    synonyms: asseverate, maintain
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    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
  3. verb
    assert to be true
    “The letter asserts a free society”
    synonyms: insist
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    posit, postulate
    take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
  4. verb
    insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
    “Women should assert themselves more!”
    synonyms: put forward
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    acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
    behave in a certain manner
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