Definition of confirm
1 : to give approval to : ratify confirm a treaty
2 : to make firm or firmer : strengthen confirm one's resolve
3 : to administer the rite of confirmation to
4 : to give new assurance of the validity of : remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact confirm a rumor confirm an order
confirmabilityplay \kən-ˌfər-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
confirmableplay \kən-ˈfər-mə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of confirm in a Sentence
The tests confirmed the doctors' suspicions of cancer.
The attack confirmed her worst fears about the neighborhood.
The award confirmed her status as one of the great movie actresses.
The dentist's office called to confirm your appointment for tomorrow.
We have a reservation for you for tomorrow night. Please call to confirm.
Recent Examples of confirm from the Web
But the phone number is associated with several Web sites advertising a female escort based in Tampa, Fla., USA TODAY Sports has independently confirmed.
The USDA laboratory in Aimes, Iowa confirmed the L-type BSE result in Alabama after the cow was observed exhibiting symptoms at an Alabama livestock market and died at that location.
A spokesman for BYU-Idaho confirmed to The Post that Robertson will not be teaching next semester.
A video tweeted Monday by Kasino showed him and other people in a room with a dog that Whitehead confirmed to be his.
In an Instagram post this weekend, Lawson shared a few choice stanzas by the 13th-century poet Rumi, seemingly an indirect way of confirming that was Beyoncé and Jay Z's inspiration behind the moniker for Rumi Carter.
Investigators were unable to confirm Sosa's account of returning to the accident scene, the affidavit said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Quarles will be in a key position to oversee any changes to banking regulations.
But as confirmed by Taquet and an unpublished field map from the expedition, the Venice Ouranosaurus contains at least part of what paleontologists call a paratype –
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Origin and Etymology of confirm
Middle English, from Anglo-French cunfermer, from Latin confirmare, from com- + firmare to make firm, from firmus firm
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of confirm
CONFIRM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confirm for English Language Learners
: to state or show that (something) is true or correct
: to tell someone that something has definitely happened or is going to happen : to make (something) definite or official
: to make (something) stronger or more certain : to cause (someone) to believe (something) more strongly
CONFIRM Defined for Kids
Definition of confirm for Students
1 : to make sure of the truth of Their arrest confirms my suspicion.
2 : to make firm or firmer (as in a habit, in faith, or in intention) : strengthen The job at the shelter confirmed her intention to become a veterinarian.
4 : to perform a ceremony admitting a person into a church or synagogue
Legal Definition of confirm
1a : to make valid by necessary formal approval the debtor's chapter 13 plan confirmed by the court b : to vote approval of confirm a nomination
2 : to give formal acknowledgment of receipt of
3 : to remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact a consent decree confirming Capt. Brown's right to his cargo — W. G. Young
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