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confirm

[ kuhn-furm ]
/ kənˈfɜrm /
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verb (used with object)

to establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness of; corroborate; verify: This report confirms my suspicions.
to acknowledge with definite assurance: Did the hotel confirm our room reservation?
to make valid or binding by some formal or legal act; sanction; ratify: to confirm a treaty; to confirm her appointment to the Supreme Court.
to make firm or more firm; add strength to; settle or establish firmly: Their support confirmed my determination to run for mayor.
to strengthen (a person) in habit, resolution, opinion, etc.: The accident confirmed him in his fear of driving.
to administer the religious rite of confirmation to.

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RELATED WORDS

certify, uphold, affirm, verify, explain, substantiate, back, sign, corroborate, establish, endorse, approve, support, assure, attest, buy, okay, debunk, underpin, bless

Nearby words

confine, confined, confinedly, confinee, confinement, confirm, confirmand, confirmation, confirmation bias, confirmation hearings, confirmatory

Origin of confirm

1250–1300; < Latin confirmāre to strengthen, confirm (see con-, firm1); replacing Middle English confermen < Old French < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for confirm

confirm

/ (kənˈfɜːm) /

verb (tr)

(may take a clause as object) to prove to be true or valid; corroborate; verify
(may take a clause as object) to assert for a second or further time, so as to make more definitehe confirmed that he would appear in court
to strengthen or make more firmhis story confirmed my doubts
to make valid by a formal act or agreement; ratify
to administer the rite of confirmation to
Derived Formsconfirmable, adjectiveconfirmatory or confirmative, adjectiveconfirmer, noun

Word Origin for confirm

C13: from Old French confermer, from Latin confirmāre, from firmus firm 1
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Word Origin and History for confirm

confirm


v.

mid-13c., confirmyn "to ratify," from Old French confermer (13c., Modern French confirmer) "strengthen, establish, consolidate; affirm by proof or evidence; anoint (a king)," from Latin confirmare "make firm, strengthen, establish," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + firmare "to strengthen," from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Confirmative; confirmatory.

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