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Sure appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Sure, sir, the ship's sure shipshape, sir.
  • She saw Sherif's shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure she saw Sherif's shoes on the sofa?
  • She sells sea shells on the seashore.
    The seashells she sells are seashells she is sure.
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Sure appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sure, paper shahs repaper us.
  • Rex, I made sure no toner used a mixer.
  • Suneva, Nina is sure Russian in a Venus.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the adjective sure:

spoken English69.22%written English30.78% imaginative writing79.48%informational writing20.52%

The word sure is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective sure

What does sure mean as an attribute of a noun?

Sure is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: surer | surest

  1. having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
  2. exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
    • example: be sure to lock the doors
    • synonym of sure: certain
    • similar: careful
  3. certain to occur; destined or inevitable
  4. physically secure or dependable
    • examples: a sure footing | was on sure ground
    • similar: secure
  5. reliable in operation or effect
    • examples: a sure way to distinguish the two | wood dust is a sure sign of termites
    • synonym of sure: certain
    • similar: dependable / reliable
  6. (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
  7. infallible or unfailing
    • example: a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment
    • similar: true
  8. certain not to fail
    • example: a sure hand on the throttle
    • similar: steady
  9. impossible to doubt or dispute

Alternative definition of the adjective sure


  1. Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.
  2. Certain in one's knowledge or belief.

Definition of the adverb sure

What does sure mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

Other definitions of sure

What does sure also mean?


  1. Yes, of course.


  1. Sure, a trading brand of Batelco, is a telecommunications company in the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, the Falkland Islands, St. Helena, Ascension Island, and the British Indian Ocean Territory. Sure is the largest tri-island mobile operator across the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  2. Sure is the world's leading antiperspirant deodorant brand manufactured by British-Dutch company Unilever. Widely known as Rexona, it is also marketed as Sure in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Degree in the United States of America and Canada, Rexena in Japan and Republic of Korea, and Shield in South Africa. It is sold in over 60 countries, and is the current market leader in the deodorant category.


  1. "Sure" is a single by British boy band Take That, released as the lead single from their third studio album Nobody Else. Released on 3 October 1994, it was a departure from their previous singles, having a more American, R&B sound compared to their previous, more pop/dance orientated songs. It was written by Take That's lead singer Gary Barlow with contributions from fellow band members Robbie Williams and Mark Owen. The song has received a silver disc certification and sold over 215,000 copies in the UK.
  2. "Sure" was the fifteenth single by the Japanese J-pop group Every Little Thing, released on February 16, 2000. It was used as theme song of the drama Virtual Girl.
  3. "Sure" is a song written, produced and performed by American singer-songwriter-actress Deborah Gibson. An album track on Anything Is Possible, this song was paired with another track from the same album, "Stand Your Ground", produced by Fred Zarr for BiZarr Music Inc., for this single.
  4. "sure" is a musical single of Every Little Thing.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  5. "Sure" is a single by British boy band Take That, released as the lead single from their third studio album Nobody Else (1995).
    • released on (21 years ago)
  6. "Sure" is a musical album of Incurabili.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  7. "Sure" is a musical album of Eriko Tamura.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  8. "Sure" is a musical album of Monkeys With Tools.
    • released in (23 years ago)


Sure a.k.a. Suré is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.

  • also known as 叙雷
  • part of Orne


  1. surE is a gene.
  2. surE is a genomic locus.

Phrases with Sure

Phrases starting with the word Sure:

  1. Sure Up
  2. sure-fire
  3. sure thing
  4. sure enough
  5. sure-enough
  6. sure-footed
  7. sure-handed
  8. Sure of Oneself
  9. sure as shooting
  10. Sure As Eggs Is Eggs

Phrases ending with the word Sure:

  1. for sure
  2. make sure
  3. to be sure
  4. to make sure

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Google previewReady, Set, Research With Britannica Student Encyclopedia (2008)

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Sudden friendship sure repentance. Ela dost ol ki, dostlugunuz ömürlük olsun. Ela dost ol ki, özgaya/kimsaya boyun ati olmayasan, 152.

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Quotes about Sure

Swift and sure the swallow,
Slow and sure the snail:
Slow and sure may miss his way,
Swift and sure may fail. (Christina Georgina Rossetti)
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Scrabble value of S1U1R1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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