Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: assert – assume
assert (asserting), v. [L. ad, to + serěre, join, put; put one's hand on a slave's head to claim or to free that person; thus, set free, protect, defend, declare.]
- Present; display; exhibit; show; attest; manifest; demonstrate openly.
- Substantiate; prove; validate; certify; verify; establish the predominance of; vindicate a claim to.
- Avow; argue; claim; insist; affirm positively; declare with confidence.
assiduously, adv. [L. assidē-re, sitting down to, closely applying to.]
Deliberately; attentively; intently; intentionally; carefully; with precision; by design; in close proximity; with constant application.
assign (-s), v. [L. ad-, to + signāre, make a sign, mark.]
Command; control; govern; appoint; dictate the movements of.
assignable, adj. [see assign, v.] (webplay: apportionment; portion).
Transferable; portable; capable of being given to another.
assist (assisted, assisting, -s), v. [Fr. < L. ad, to + sistěre, take one's stand.] (webplay: effort, lend, support).
- Help; aid; benefit; succor; supply relief to.
- Accompany; attend; escort; stand by.
- Support; hold up.
assistance, n. [see assist, v.] (webplay: lend, stand up, stand by, succor).
Help; aid; support.
associate (-s), v. [L. ad-sociāre, join together with < ad-, to + soius, sharing, united, allied.]
- Mingle; fraternize; mix with others; act as part of a system.
- Keep company; relate together; act as an accessory.
association, n. [see associate, v.] (webplay: matters, mind).
Communion; companionship; affinity; relationship; friendship; fellowship; rapport; unity of feelings and thoughts; [fig.] harmony; accord; peace.
assuage (-s), v. [OFr < L. ad-, to + suāvis, sweet, agreeable.] (webplay: pain).
Soothe; ease; relieve; alleviate; mitigate; lessen; appease; anoint; attend to; treat with medicine.
assume (-d, -ing, -s), v. [L. ad-, to + sūměre, take.] (webplay: claims, law, presumption, take).
- Believe; posit; infer; judge; appraise; evaluate; suppose as fact.
- Usurp; confiscate; overtake; expropriate; use without asking the owner; adopt as one's own without permission.
- Shoulder; support; sustain; carry responsibility for.
- Affect; accept; pick up; put on; choose to go with; [fig.] clothe oneself with.