US: /ˈʃʊɹ/
UK: /ʃˈɔː/

English Vietnamese dictionary

sure /ʃuə/
  • tính từ
    • chắc, chắc chắn
      • you may be sure of his honesty: anh có thể chắc chắn rằng nó chân thật
      • I'm sure I didn't mean to hurt your feelings: tôi thề là không có ý xúc phạm đến anh
    • chắc chắn, có thể tin cậy được; cẩn thận
      • to send something by a sure hand: nhờ một người cẩn thận chuyển hộ cái gì
      • to put something in a sure place: để cái gì vào nơi chắc chắn
      • a sure shot: tay súng rất chắc, nhà thiện xạ
    • thật, xác thật
      • to be sure she is not pretty: thật ra mà nói, cô ta không xinh
      • so it is, to be sure!: đấy, thật là như thế!
    • to make sure
      • chắc chắn
    • nắm chắc, làm cho chắc chắn
    • show and sure
      • chậm mà chắc
  • phó từ
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (thông tục) chắc chắn
      • it sure was cold: chắc chắn là rét
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) tôi thừa nhận
      • 'tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print: tôi thừa nhận là thấy tên mình trên báo thì ai cũng thích
    • as sure as eggs is eggs
      • as sure as a gun
        • chắc như đinh đóng cột, chắc như hai với hai là bốn
      • for sure
        • chắc chắn
      • sure enough
        • (thông tục) chắc chắn, không còn nghi ngờ gì nữa

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, adverb
+ adjective (surer, surest)
Help Note: You can also use more sure and most sure, especially in sense 1.
1 [not before noun] ~ (of / about sth)
~ (that ...) confident that you know sth or that you are right
Synonym: CERTAIN
'Is that John over there?' 'I'm not sure'. + You don't sound very sure. + I'm pretty sure (that) he'll agree. + Are you sure you don't mind? + I hope you are sure of your facts. + Are you sure about that? + Ask me if you're not sure how to do it. + I'm not sure whether I should tell you this. + I'm sure he's still alive.
Antonym: UNSURE
2 [not before noun] ~ of sth / of doing sth certain that you will receive sth or that sth will happen: You're always sure of a warm welcome there. + England must win this game to be sure of qualifying for the World Cup. + We could not be sure of financial support.
3 ~ to do sth certain to do sth or to happen: The exhibition is sure to be popular. + It's sure to rain. + You're sure to get lost if you don't keep to the path.
4 [usually before noun] that can be trusted or relied on: It's a sure sign of economic recovery. + There's only one sure way to do it. + Bush is a sure bet for the presidential nominations (= certain to succeed).
5 [usually before noun] steady and confident: We admired her sure touch at the keyboard.
Idioms: be sure to do sth used to tell sb to do sth: Be sure to give your family my regards.
Help Note: In spoken English and plus another verb can be used instead of to and the infinitive: Be sure and call me tomorrow.
for sure (informal) without doubt: No one knows for sure what happened. + I think he'll be back on Monday, but I can't say for sure. + One thing is for sure-it's not going to be easy. + (AmE) 'Will you be there?' 'For sure.'
make sure (of sth / that ...)
1 to do sth in order to be certain that sth else happens: Make sure (that) no one finds out about this. + They scored another goal and made sure of victory. + Our staff will do their best to make sure you enjoy your visit.
2 to check that sth is true or has been done: She looked around to make sure that she was alone. + I think the door's locked, but I'll just go and make sure.
sure of yourself (sometimes disapproving) very confident: She seems very sure of herself.
sure thing (spoken, especially AmE) used to say 'yes' to a suggestion or request: 'Are you coming?' 'Sure thing.'
to be sure (formal) used to admit that sth is true: He is intelligent, to be sure, but he's also very lazy.
+ adverb (informal, especially AmE)
1 used to say 'yes' to sb: 'Will you open the wine?' 'Sure, where is it?' + Did it hurt? Sure it hurt. + Sure, no problem.
2 used to emphasize sth that you are saying: Boy, it sure is hot. + 'Amazing view'. 'Sure is.' + That song sure as hell sounds familiar. + He sure looked unhappy.
3 used to reply to sb who has just thanked you for sth: 'Thanks for the ride.' 'Sure-anytime.'
Idioms: (as) sure as eggs is eggs (old-fashioned, BrE, informal) used to say that sth is definitely true
sure enough used to say that sth happened as expected: I said he'd forget, and sure enough he did. + 'Stop,' she said, 'I can hear something.' Sure enough, in the distance we could hear the sound of a car approaching.

sure / certain
Sure and certain are very similar in meaning: Are you sure/certain (that) you locked the door? + We must make sure/certain (that) we arrive on time. + You have to book early to be sure/certain of getting a room.
You use sure/certain to do sth to show how you feel about sth: It's sure to rain tomorrow. (= I think it will definitely rain). + She's certain to be late (= I am certain that she'll be late).
You can say it is certain that but not it is sure that: It is certain that thousands more people will die in the famine.
In conversation sure can sound less strong than certain: I'm sure she'll come if she can (= I believe/hope she will).
In spoken AmE especially, sure is also used as an adverb: He sure likes hot dogs. + That sure is a good idea.
- note at SURELY

Thesaurus dictionary

1 certain, assured, convinced, persuaded, positive, definite, unwavering, unswerving, unflinching, steadfast, steady, unshakeable or unshakable, confident, satisfied, undeviating, unfaltering:
How can you be so sure in your opinion that Jack did it? I'm sure I've met you before.
2 established, firm, solid, trusty, stable, steadfast, secure, safe, trustworthy, reliable:
I never travel without my sure companions, courage and caution.
3 accurate, reliable, dependable, tried and true, unfailing, infallible, foolproof, effective, Colloq sure-fire:
A high temperature is a sure sign of illness.
4 certain, inevitable, indubitable, unavoidable, ineluctable, inescapable, guaranteed:
He who enters the Devil's Cave meets sure death.

Collocation dictionary


be, feel, seem, sound
You don't seem very sure to me.
| make
Make sure no one finds out about this.
| make sb
What makes you so sure she'll come back to you?


absolutely, completely, damned, quite | doubly
To make doubly sure they would not be disturbed she turned the key in the lock.
| not altogether, not entirely, not quite, not really
I'm not altogether sure he would appreciate your efforts.
| fairly, pretty


Pottz was confident of taking the American title, but less sure about the world championship.
| of
You'd better be completely sure of your facts.

Concise English dictionary

surer|surestʃʊr /ʃʊə
+having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
+exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
+certain to occur; destined or inevitable
+physically secure or dependable
+reliable in operation or effect
+(of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
+infallible or unfailing
+certain not to fail
+impossible to doubt or dispute
+definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')