1. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give
Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Acts xvii. 31.
Assurances of support came pouring in daily.
2. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
Let us draw with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
3. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
Brave men meet danger with assurance.
Conversation with the world will give them knowledge and assurance.
4. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance is intolerable.
5. Betrothal; affiance. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.
6. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death.
Recently, assurance has been used, in England, in relation to life contingencies, and insurance in relation
to other contingencies. It is called temporary assurance, in the time within which the contingent event
must happen is limited. See Insurance.
7. (Law) Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.
In England, the legal evidences of the conveyance of property are called the common assurances of
the kingdom. Blackstone.
(As*sure) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Assuring.] [OF. aseürer, F. assurer,
LL. assecurare; L. ad + securus secure, sure, certain. See Secure, Sure, and cf. Insure.]
1. To make sure or certain; to render confident by a promise, declaration, or other evidence.
His promise that thy seed shall bruise our foe . . .
Assures me that the bitterness of death
Is past, and
we shall live.
2. To declare to, solemnly; to assert to (any one) with the design of inspiring belief or confidence.
I dare assure thee that no enemy
Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus.
3. To confirm; to make certain or secure.
And it shall be assured to him.
Lev. xxvii. 19.
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
1 John iii. 19.
4. To affiance; to betroth. [Obs.] Shak.
5. (Law) To insure; to covenant to indemnify for loss, or to pay a specified sum at death. See Insure.
Syn. To declare; aver; avouch; vouch; assert; asseverate; protest; persuade; convince.