assert oneself

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tr.v. as·sert·ed, as·sert·ing, as·serts
1. To state or express positively; affirm: asserted his innocence.
2. To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
3. To put into action boldly; employ or demonstrate: asserted her independence.
assert oneself
To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.

[Latin asserere, assert- : ad-, ad- + serere, to join; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sert′a·ble, as·sert′i·ble adj.
as·sert′er, as·ser′tor n.
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Verb1.assert oneself - put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent mannerassert oneself - put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
comport, behave - behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave"
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(əˈsəːt) verb
1. to say definitely. She asserted that she had not borrowed his book.
2. to insist on. He should assert his independence.
asˈsertion (-ʃən) noun
asˈsertive (-tiv) adjective
(too) inclined to assert oneself.
assert oneself
to state one's opinions confidently and act in a way that will make people take notice of one. You must assert yourself more if you want promotion.
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References in classic literature ?
One had to say something if only to assert oneself against that wearisome, passionless and crushing uproar.
There are times when it is one's duty to assert oneself.
Control means - "it must be done my way" - leading to paralyzing perfectionism and millions of pointless battles just to assert oneself. And paranoia says "I cannot trust anyone." I am surrounded by "fools," so he endlessly machinates "before they get me" or get back at them for even wrongly perceived slights.