for sure vs sure :

for sure or sure

In casual speech, when you agree with somebody’s statement, you may say “for sure.” Your date says ”That was outstanding tiramisu.” and you, wanting to show how in tune you are, reply “For sure!” You can also use the phrase to mean “for certain,” as in “I couldn’t tell for sure that the bench was wet until I sat on it.”But people often substitute this phrase when they should use plain old “sure,” as in “I couldn’t be for sure.” That should be “I couldn’t be sure.”

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  • s  not open to doubt; that was for sure"
  • r  definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')

  • a  having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
    was sure (or certain) she had seen it
    was very sure in his beliefs
    sure of her friends
  • s  exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
    be sure to lock the doors
  • a  certain to occur; destined or inevitable
    sudden but sure regret
    he is sure to win
  • s  physically secure or dependable
    a sure footing
    was on sure ground
  • s  reliable in operation or effect
    a sure way to distinguish the two
    wood dust is a sure sign of termites
  • s  (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
    a sure (or trusted) friend
  • s  infallible or unfailing
    a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment
  • s  certain not to fail
    a sure hand on the throttle
  • s  impossible to doubt or dispute
    indisputable (or sure) proof
  • r  definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
    the results are surely encouraging
    it's going to be a good day for sure
    they thought he had been killed sure enough
    he'll win sure as shooting
    they sure smell good
    sure he'll come
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