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Sure vs. Certain

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  • Sure (adjective)

    Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.

    "This investment is a sure thing."

    "The bailiff had a sure grip on the prisoner's arm."

  • Sure (adjective)

    Certain in one's knowledge or belief.

    "He was sure she was lying."

    "I am sure of my eventual death."

    "John was acting sure of himself but in truth had doubts."

  • Sure (adjective)

    Certain to act or be a specified way.

    "Be sure to lock the door when you leave."

  • Sure (adjective)

    Free from danger; safe; secure.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Betrothed; engaged to marry.

  • Sure (adverb)

    Without doubt, certainly.

    "Sure he's coming! Why wouldn't he?"

    ""Did you kill that bear yourself? ―"I sure did!""

  • Sure (interjection)

    Yes. (Expresses noncommittal agreement or consent.)

    ""Do you want me to put this in the garage?" "Sure, go ahead.""

  • Sure (interjection)

    Yes; of course.

    ""Could you tell me where the washrooms are?" "Sure, they're in the corner over there.""

  • Certain (adjective)

    Sure, positive, not doubting.

    "I was certain of my decision."

  • Certain (adjective)

    Determined; resolved.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.

    "Bankruptcy is the certain outcome of your constant gambling and lending."

  • Certain (adjective)

    Unfailing; infallible.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Not one".

  • Certain (determiner)

    Having been determined but not specified. The quality of some particular subject or object which is known by the speaker to have been specifically singled out among similar entities of its class.

    "Certain people are good at running."

  • Certain (pronoun)

    Unnamed or undescribed members (of).

    "There were serious objections to certain of the proposals."

  • Certain (noun)

    Something certain.

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  • Sure (adjective)

    Certainly knowing and believing; confident beyond doubt; implicity trusting; unquestioning; positive.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Certain to find or retain; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Fit or worthy to be depended on; certain not to fail or disappoint expectation; unfailing; strong; permanent; enduring.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Betrothed; engaged to marry.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Free from danger; safe; secure.

  • Sure (adverb)

    In a sure manner; safely; certainly.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Determined; resolved; - used with an infinitive.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Unfailing; infallible.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.

  • Certain (adjective)

    Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; - sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons.

  • Certain (noun)

    Certainty.

  • Certain (noun)

    A certain number or quantity.

  • Certain (adverb)

    Certainly.

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  • Sure (adjective)

    having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured;

    "felt certain of success"

    "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"

    "was very sure in his beliefs"

    "sure of her friends"

  • Sure (adjective)

    exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance;

    "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"

    "be sure to lock the doors"

  • Sure (adjective)

    certain to occur; destined or inevitable;

    "he was certain to fail"

    "his fate is certain"

    "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"

    "he faced certain death"

    "sudden but sure regret"

    "he is sure to win"

  • Sure (adjective)

    physically secure or dependable;

    "a sure footing"

    "was on sure ground"

  • Sure (adjective)

    capable of being depended on;

    "a quick and certain remedy"

    "a sure way to distinguish the two"

    "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"

  • Sure (adjective)

    (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence;

    "a sure (or trusted) friend"

  • Sure (adjective)

    infallible or unfailing;

    "a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"

  • Sure (adjective)

    certain not to fail;

    "a sure hand on the throttle"

  • Sure (adjective)

    impossible to doubt or dispute;

    "indisputable (or sure) proof"

  • Sure (adverb)

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

    "the results are surely encouraging"

    "she certainly is a hard worker"

    "it's going to be a good day for sure"

    "they are coming, for certain"

    "they thought he had been killed sure enough"

    "he'll win sure as shooting"

    "they sure smell good"

    "sure he'll come"

  • Certain (adjective)

    definite but not specified or identified;

    "set aside a certain sum each week"

    "to a certain degree"

    "certain breeds do not make good pets"

    "certain members have not paid their dues"

    "a certain popular teacher"

    "a certain Mrs. Jones"

  • Certain (adjective)

    having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured;

    "felt certain of success"

    "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"

    "was very sure in his beliefs"

    "sure of her friends"

  • Certain (adjective)

    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known;

    "what is certain is that every effect must have a cause"

    "it is certain that they were on the bus"

    "his fate is certain"

    "the date for the invasion is certain"

  • Certain (adjective)

    certain to occur; destined or inevitable;

    "he was certain to fail"

    "his fate is certain"

    "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"

    "he faced certain death"

    "sudden but sure regret"

    "he is sure to win"

  • Certain (adjective)

    established irrevocably;

    "his fate is sealed"

  • Certain (adjective)

    capable of being depended on;

    "a quick and certain remedy"

    "a sure way to distinguish the two"

    "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"

  • Certain (adjective)

    exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance;

    "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"

    "be sure to lock the doors"

Princeton's WordNet
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