confirm

verb
con·​firm | \ kən-ˈfərm \
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 \ noun
confirmable \ kən-​ˈfər-​mə-​bəl \ 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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Despite several studies that confirm Black fathers are typically very involved in the lives of their children, an ugly string of representation of Black fatherhood permeates even the best and most honest images of Black fatherhood in existence. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 But the British competition isn't the only one adopting the change: CountryLiving.com confirms that trios will be allowed to audition in the U.S. for season 16! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Blind Auditions Are Changing in a Big Way," 6 Jan. 2019 So sometime between 9:45 and 10:45AM ET, the mission team should receive that signal confirming a success. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018 This teen then laid out the process that other unidentified thieves separately confirmed to BBC. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Fortnite’s paid outfits, dances have made it a target for lucrative account theft," 20 Dec. 2018 And here’s a Bird’s-eye view of the frenzied growth of the controversial e-scooter player Bird — which might be the fastest-growing company ever — including data that confirms the seductive math behind the Bird business. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook wants you to buy — and watch — HBO on Facebook," 14 Dec. 2018 Instagram news account, hotfire.makeup, dropped the news on Thursday, November 1, revealing the announcement from Sephora that confirms its Black Friday deals. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, "Sephora Just Announced Its First Black Friday Deal and It’s Even Better Than We Imagined," 2 Nov. 2018 The house belonging to Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and Nathan Carlson (James Tupper) in Big Little Lies is also where Nic and David's heartwrenching story unfolds, Vulture confirmed with production designer Ethan Tobman. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Stunning House In Beautiful Boy Is Also In Big Little Lies," 26 Oct. 2018 This week, in its third video on the topic, YouTube channel Overlord Gaming confirmed an additional six examples of improvements once Denuvo was patched out of recent games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance," 26 Dec. 2018

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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

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

confirm

verb
con·​firm | \ kən-ˈfərm \
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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