[ kuhn-furm ]
/ kənˈfɜrm /
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.
Origin of confirm
con·firm·a·ble, adjectivecon·firm·a·bil·i·ty, nouncon·firm·er; Law. con·fir·mor [kon-fer-mawr, kuhn-fur-mer] /ˌkɒn fərˈmɔr, kənˈfɜr mər/, nouncon·firm·ing·ly, adverb
non·con·firm·ing, adjectivepre·con·firm, verb (used with object)re·con·firm, verb (used with object)un·con·firm, verb (used with object)un·con·firm·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for confirmability
/ (kənˈfɜːm) /
(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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