assert (v.) Look up assert at Dictionary.com
c. 1600, "declare;" 1640s, "vindicate, maintain, or defend by words or measures," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere/adserere "to claim, lay claim to, appropriate," from ad "to" (see ad-) + serere "join" (see series). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights or authority" is recorded from 1879.