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

Other Words from confirm

confirmability \ kən-​ˌfər-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce confirm (audio) \ noun
confirmable \ kən-​ˈfər-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce confirm (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.
Recent Examples on the Web NBC News has not been able to independently confirm the reports. Henry Austin, NBC News, 9 June 2022 The Marshall County Parks Department posted about the incident on its Facebook page, but neither the staff of the park, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Sherriff's Department have been able to confirm the gator's presence. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2022 The panic ended after police were able to confirm that no shots had been fired. Harold Maass, The Week, 30 May 2022 With the Queen only able to confirm her attendance at her own jubilee events at the last minute, there are drastically different possibilities for how the celebrations could look and who will be center-stage during key moments. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 29 May 2022 Police reached out to the individual, who was able to confirm the victim was Rodriguez. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 The newspaper has not been able to confirm the vast majority of the remaining officers cited in the Navy’s records. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 MacGillis was not able to confirm the license status of the pilot nor the design specifics of the plane. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2022 The paper has been able to confirm that Bayern Munich are one of several parties interested in the 24-year-old playmaker. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 26 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for confirm

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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