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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Jenner herself hasn't confirmed or even hinted at the news just yet. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Filed a Trademark and Is Reportedly Launching Her Own Beauty Brand," 10 May 2019 Intel, not surprisingly, hasn’t confirmed either roadmap; a spokeswoman declined to comment. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Leaked Intel roadmaps call Intel's 10nm transition into question yet again," 26 Apr. 2019 But Johnson said that because there is restricted access to the site, other scientists can’t confirm the research. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid," 3 Apr. 2019 At the time of publishing, the network had not confirmed to CountryLiving.com if this will be David’s last season on the show. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Ducky Leaving 'NCIS'?," 13 Mar. 2019 Since there's obviously still quite some time before new episodes make their way into our homes, the network cannot confirm who the cast will be for the remake just yet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 16 Jan. 2019 The royal family has yet to publicly comment on the matter, though when the royal baby's birth certificate is released publicly, that will confirm the news one way or another. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth to Her Son Archie in a Hospital, Despite Rumors of a Home Birth," 8 May 2019 At the time, Garcia and Kim, who have since been appointed creative directors at Oscar de la Renta, were just beginning to make waves in the industry, and Parker’s endorsement all but confirmed their stars-in-the-making status. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Sarah Jessica Parker’s Best Met Gala Looks of All Time," 22 Apr. 2019 In the first episode that aired on March 6th, just two days after it was confirmed that Perry had died, the show placed a memorial title card at the conclusion of the episode. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Luke Perry's Last "Riverdale" Episode Comes Out This Week," 22 Apr. 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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