Simple Definition of affirm
: to say that something is true in a confident way
: to show a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea)
law : to decide that the judgment of another court is correct
Full Definition of affirm
2 : to assert (as a judgment or decree) as valid or confirmed
3 : to express dedication to <affirm life>
1 : to testify or declare by affirmation as distinguished from swearing an oath
2 : to uphold a judgment or decree of a lower court
Examples of affirm
We cannot affirm that this painting is genuine.
They neither affirmed nor denied their guilt.
laws affirming the racial equality of all peoples
They continued to affirm their religious beliefs.
The decision was affirmed by a higher court.
Origin of affirm
Middle English affermen, from Anglo-French afermer, from Latin affirmare, from ad- + firmare to make firm, from firmus firm — more at firm
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of affirm
Rhymes with affirm
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