confirm

verb
con·​firm | \ kən-ˈfərm How to pronounce confirm (audio) \
confirmed; confirming; confirms

Definition of confirm

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from confirm

confirmability \ kən-​ˌfər-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce confirmability (audio) \ noun
confirmable \ kən-​ˈfər-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce confirmable (audio) \ adjective

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confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authenticate, validate mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact. confirmed the reports corroborate suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established. witnesses corroborated his story substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention. the claims have yet to be substantiated verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at. all statements of fact in the article have been verified authenticate implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion. handwriting experts authenticated the diaries validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof. validated the hypothesis by experiments

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.
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And the vote confirmed the collapse of the traditional French right and left that the young leader helped to engineer. The Economist, "France’s president kicks off a second round of reforms," 15 June 2019 But, Elodie isn’t suicidal, as the next 20-something minutes confirm. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 But confirming that the remains in fact belonged to the Carricks dead was no simple task. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Bones Found on Quebec Beach Traced to Irish Immigrants Fleeing the Potato Famine," 14 June 2019 Nine people died in riots in Jakarta last month after official results confirmed President Joko Widodo was reelected with 55.5% of the vote. Fox News, "Security bolstered as challenge to Indonesia vote begins," 14 June 2019 When the supervisor again confirmed her suspension, officers asked the woman to put down her brush and leave. cleveland.com, "Woman suspended from job shows up anyway, is arrested: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 14 June 2019 Volkswagen announced a new SUV would be produced in Chattanooga five months after the vote, essentially confirming Corker’s prediction but on a different timeline. Washington Post, "Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization," 14 June 2019 In addition to confirming an administrative investigation into how the notification occurred, Guglielmi said there is an open criminal investigation by police into how the man died. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "How a case of mistaken identity allowed a man be taken off life support," 14 June 2019 Goran Dragic is back in play for the Miami Heat, with the Sun Sentinel confirming Thursday through an NBA source that the veteran point guard has picked up the $19.2 million 2019-20 option on his contract. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Goran Dragic opts into final season on contract; Heat wait on Whiteside," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of confirm

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confirm

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunfermer, from Latin confirmare, from com- + firmare to make firm, from firmus firm

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confirm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of confirm

: 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
formal : to make (something) stronger or more certain : to cause (someone) to believe (something) more strongly

confirm

verb
con·​firm | \ kən-ˈfərm How to pronounce confirm (audio) \
confirmed; confirming

Kids Definition of confirm

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.
3 : approve sense 2, accept Senators confirmed the treaty.
4 : to perform a ceremony admitting a person into a church or synagogue

confirm

transitive verb
con·​firm

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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