1 state firmly that something is true
adv+V strongly or openly conﬁdently, boldly, dogmatically, repeatedly, emphatically, publicly, ﬁrmly, strongly Trade, he has repeatedly asserted, should not be conducted as a form of economic war.
➔ without giving evidence simply, merely The cultural and moral decline of late capitalist civilisation needs to be demonstrated, not merely asserted.
➔ well properly, carefully, fully, accurately The problem needs to be properly assessed.
➔ in education externally, internally One piece of work will be externally assessed.
N the process of considering something in order to judge it adj+N thorough detailed, thorough, • comprehensive, rigorous, accurate No detailed assessment of the running costs has yet been made.
2 claim a right firmly V+n authority dominance, superiority, authority, • sovereignty, ownership, control He confided to club management that he found it difficult to assert his authority and control a number of the players.
➔ a right right, claim, independence, identity, individuality You will probably also find that your child uses her new-found vocabulary to assert her independence.
N a claim that something is true adj+N strongly stated dogmatic, bold, bald, • repeated, conﬁdent, sweeping This is just one of a number of sweeping assertions with which I do not agree.
➔ untrue or not proved unsupported, unsubstantiated, mere, false, unfounded, bare His attempt to claim that only his own work is correct is something which requires more than mere assertion.
v+N make an assertion make, repeat Before we • proceed, we have to make an assertion that affects the forthcoming elaboration.
➔ support or prove an assertion support, justify, prove There is no shortage of statistics to support this assertion.
➔ challenge an assertion or prove it wrong contradict, refute, challenge, dispute, reject ’ If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for Hollywood’. Justify or refute this assertion.
➔ done at the beginning initial, preliminary Today I want to give you our preliminary assessment of the measures we need to examine urgently.
➔ in education continuous, in-course, formal
Progress on the course is monitored by continuous assessment.
v+N undertake, conduct, complete, make, carry • out, provide, perform It is recommended that a risk assessment be carried out before embarking on any of these routes.
n+N risk, impact, safety, quality, needs A needs • assessment must be carried out for everyone over the age of 75.
N+of-i of risk or danger risk, hazard In all cases, • an assessment of risks to health must now be undertaken by a competent person.
➔ of performance effectiveness, performance, progress The Government is committed to publishing its own annual assessment of its progress in tackling poverty and social exclusion.
1 something that a person or company owns [usually plural]
v+N have or keep assets protect, own, hold, • manage, safeguard The Charity’s solicitor confirmed that all assets are owned by the Society.
➔ sell or get rid of assets sell, liquidate, transfer, realize, dispose of I wish I had liquidated my assets and gone on one last great journey instead.
V consider something carefully in order to judge it V+n likelihood of success suitability, feasibility, • viability, risk The viability of the new system needs to be carefully assessed.
➔ effect impact, effectiveness, progress The
effectiveness of the treatment was independently assessed. ➔ needs needs Advice and guidance on how to identify and assess your training needs is available at no cost. ➔ size extent Experts were called in to assess the extent of the damage.
➔ in education coursework, module, essay, assignment We can assess not just students ’ coursework , but also their role in online discussions. Most University-based modules are assessed on the basis of coursework.
adv+V in a particular way critically, • independently, objectively, formally Applications are assessed independently by an international selection panel in consultation with the local organizers of each meeting.
➔ take control of assets freeze, seize The police
were given new powers to seize criminals’ assets in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. ➔ buy assets acquire, purchase Gains on assets acquired by taxpayers whilst resident outside the UK will not be included in the new charge.
adj+N total total Total assets are just over £430 • million. ➔ more than you need surplus The company will need to dispose of its surplus assets.
➔ type of assets intangible, tangible, ﬁnancial, liquid, capital, business, property, ﬁxed Liquid assets at that time were negligible.
n+of-i+N disposal, transfer, ownership, • realization, valuation, conﬁscation, sale, acquisition The valuation of assets, both tangible and intangible, is an important element of corporate finance.
2 a major benefit [usually singular] adj+N valuable, prized, great, invaluable, • priceless, important, tremendous People are our most valuable asset; they are our biggest investment.
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