affirm

verb
af·​firm | \ ə-ˈfərm How to pronounce affirm (audio) \
affirmed; affirming; affirms

Definition of affirm

transitive verb

1a : validate, confirm He was affirmed as a candidate.
b : to state positively He affirmed his innocence.
2 : to assert (something, such as a judgment or decree) as valid or confirmed The court affirmed his conviction.
3 : to show or express a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea) laws affirming the racial equality of all people

intransitive verb

1 : to testify or declare by affirmation (see affirmation sense 2) as distinguished from swearing an oath
2 : to uphold a judgment or decree of a lower court

Other Words from affirm

affirmable \ ə-​ˈfər-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce affirm (audio) \ adjective
affirmance \ ə-​ˈfər-​mən(t)s How to pronounce affirm (audio) \ noun

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assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence. asserted that modern music is just noise declare stresses open or public statement. declared her support for the candidate affirm implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith. affirmed the existence of an afterlife protest emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt. protested that he really had been misquoted avow stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment of personal responsibility for what is declared. avowed that all investors would be repaid in full

Examples of affirm in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Their beauty choices re-affirm the beauty of Black and brown women, and remind us how makeup has been used as a tool for progress and social change. Thalía Henao, Allure, 3 May 2022 An amendment would affirm NATO members’ territorial integrity, making such a move palatable to aloof members and minimizing Chinese outrage. Arshan Barzani, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 Monuments affirm our values, while drama must provoke us to thought. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The United States and every other democracy should affirm this right, even, and especially, if Moscow once more subjugates this country. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 In many ways, the two films affirm the traditional Hollywood message that true love is available only for the white, straight, and wealthy. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2022 The letter writers’ figures and sources also affirm my conclusions about the Constitution and the slave trade. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 13 Jan. 2022 The third step is to affirm yourself with positive messages. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, of Colors+, will lead a discussion where families can learn, connect and find resources to better support and affirm their child. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of affirm

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for affirm

alteration (conformed to Latin affirmāre) of Middle English affermen "to fix firmly, make steadfast, establish, confirm, assert," borrowed from Anglo-French afermer, affermer, going back to Latin affirmāre "to strengthen, confirm, assert positively," from ad- ad- + firmāre "to strengthen, fortify," derivative of firmus "strong, durable, firm entry 1"

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“Affirm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affirm. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for affirm

affirm

verb
af·​firm | \ ə-ˈfərm How to pronounce affirm (audio) \
affirmed; affirming

Kids Definition of affirm

: to declare that something is true The man affirms that he is innocent.

affirm

transitive verb
af·​firm | \ ə-ˈfərm How to pronounce affirm (audio) \

Legal Definition of affirm

1 : to assert as true or factual
2 : to assert (as a judgment) as valid or confirmed affirmed the lower court's ruling — compare remand, reverse

intransitive verb

1 : to make a solemn declaration under the penalties of perjury in place of swearing an oath to which one conscientiously objects
2 : to uphold the judgment or actions of a lower court the appeals court affirmed

Other Words from affirm

affirmance \ ə-​ˈfər-​məns How to pronounce affirm (audio) \ noun
affirmation \ ˌa-​fər-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce affirm (audio) \ noun

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