verb (used with object)
- confirmation bias,
- confirmation hearings,
Origin of confirm
Examples from the Web for confirm
DNA tests were used to confirm Albert's status as father in both cases, following protracted legal battles.Princess Charlene Gives Birth To Twins Gabriella and Jacques|Tom Sykes|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi wasted no time in repeating the transcript to ask Schettino to confirm his words.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blood spatters on the pavement seem to confirm that he was moving toward Wilson when the instantly fatal shot was fired.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just three Republicans out of 44 voted to confirm Hagel, himself a former GOP senator.
Hagel declined to confirm or deny whether Baghdadi was, in fact, among the living.The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About the ISIS War|Tim Mak|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To confirm this remark let the sentences be inverted; "thou art an hard man, I knew thee to be such, or I knew it."Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
This seems good a priori reasoning, but experience does not confirm it.Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets|Various
The circumstances all seemed to confirm Melton's supposition.Guy in the Jungle|William Murray Graydon
These four statements I undertake, in the course of our future study, gradually to confirm to you.The Eagle's Nest|John Ruskin
History abounds with examples to confirm the truth of this saying.
Word Origin for confirm
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.