Search Result for "to_be_sure":
Wordnet 3.0


1. admittedly;
- Example: "to be sure, he is no Einstein"
[syn: to be sure, without doubt, no doubt]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sure \Sure\, a. [Compar. Surer; superl. Surest.] [OE. sur, OF. se["u]r, F. s[^u]r, L. securus; se aside, without + cura care. See Secure, and cf. Assure, Insure, Sicker sure.] 1. Certainly knowing and believing; confident beyond doubt; implicity trusting; unquestioning; positive. [1913 Webster] We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. --Rom. ii. 2. [1913 Webster] I'm sure care 's an enemy of life. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health. [1913 Webster] 3. Fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent; enduring. "His sure word." --Keble. [1913 Webster] The Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord. --1 Sam. xxv. 28. [1913 Webster] The testimony of the Lord is sure. --Ps. xix. 7. [1913 Webster] Which put in good sure leather sacks. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 4. Betrothed; engaged to marry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] I presume . . . that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife. --Brome. [1913 Webster] 5. Free from danger; safe; secure. [1913 Webster] Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; If we recover that we are sure enough. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To be sure, or Be sure, certainly; without doubt; as, Shall you do? To be sure I shall. To make sure. (a) To make certain; to secure so that there can be no failure of the purpose or object. "Make Cato sure." --Addison. "A peace can not fail, provided we make sure of Spain." --Sir W. Temple. (b) To betroth. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She that's made sure to him she loves not well. --Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] Syn: Certain; unfailing; infallible; safe; firm; permanent; steady; stable; strong; secure; indisputable; confident; positive. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

to be sure adv 1: admittedly; "to be sure, he is no Einstein" [syn: to be sure, without doubt, no doubt]