assert oneself

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assert oneself put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
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Usage

In literature:

There are times when it is one's duty to assert oneself.
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie
One must assert oneself, or one is sat upon.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
One had to say something if only to assert oneself against that wearisome, passionless and crushing uproar.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
How is one to intimidate, persuade, resist, assert oneself against them?
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
But to make the assertion to oneself, "I am composed," is not all that is necessary.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
I believe in such a place as London unless one has resolution to assert oneself people think one is a sort of shadow.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
At my age," she straightened herself proudly, "one must assert oneself!
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
One had to say something if only to assert oneself against that wearisome, passionless and crushing uproar.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
After all, one must assert oneself.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906" by Various
The desire to assert oneself is no less powerful, in the social interplay, than the impulse to submission.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
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