assure-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: remove doubt, give confidence or cause to feel sure

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] ASSURE NP2[human]
NOTE: NP2 IS human

I assure you. The train will arrive on time.
I assured him that traveling to Cambodia was safe.
He assured her of his devotion.
I can assure you that every word is true.
The unions assured the new owners of the workers' loyalty to the company.
"Don't worry, your car will be ready tomorrow," the mechanic assured him.

VerbNet: advise-37.9,promise-37.13
FrameNet: Telling
PropBank: assure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 5, 6

Sense Number 2: make certain, guarantee

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 ASSURE NP2[-human]
NOTE: NP2 is NOT human

Nothing in history assures the success of our civilization. (Herbert J. Miller)
The play's popularity has been assured by the critics' rave reviews.
Proper planning assures that the job will be done right.
Socrates assured his death sentence by proposing a penalty much too light for the court.

VerbNet: ensure-99
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: assure.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: insure against something that is certain to happen

Commentary: Use: Primarily UK usage.

They assured the property for $230,000.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4