|Origin:||, past participle of asserere, from ad- 'to' + serere 'to join'|
to state firmly that something is true:
French cooking, she asserted, is the best in the world.
He asserted that nuclear power was a safe and non-polluting energy source.
to state very strongly your right to something:
Native Americans asserting their rights to ancestral land
to behave in a determined way and say clearly what you think:
Women began to assert themselves politically.
if an idea or belief asserts itself, it begins to influence something:
National pride began to assert itself.