con·​firmed | \ kən-ˈfərmd How to pronounce confirmed (audio) \

Definition of confirmed

1a : marked by long continuance and likely to persist a confirmed habit
b : fixed in habit and unlikely to change a confirmed do-gooder
2 : having received the rite of confirmation

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Other Words from confirmed

confirmedly \ kən-​ˈfər-​məd-​lē How to pronounce confirmedly (audio) \ adverb
confirmedness \ kən-​ˈfər-​məd-​nəs How to pronounce confirmedness (audio) , -​ˈfərm(d)-​nəs \ noun

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inveterate, confirmed, chronic mean firmly established. inveterate applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable. an inveterate smoker confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform. a confirmed bachelor chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome. a chronic complainer

Examples of confirmed in a Sentence

a confirmed grouch who never seems to smile a confirmed tendency to exaggerate about everything

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Of the 713 top posts in the government which require the affirmation of the Senate, only 455 are currently filled by confirmed appointees. The Economist, "Patrick Shanahan stands aside from the DoD," 19 June 2019 The Departments of Homeland Security and Interior are among the large agencies without a confirmed leader. Missy Ryan, The Seattle Times, "White House action on Pentagon nomination to await conclusion of ethics probe," 12 Apr. 2019 So yes, the BTS ARMY was lucky enough to be blessed with confirmed fan theories, a new music video, and a new album all on the same day. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Fans Are Decoding the New "Idol" Video and All Its References," 24 Aug. 2018 So began a four-day journey with no confirmed schedule on the ground in North Korea, no guarantee of the prisoners’ release or on progress for the summit and little to no sleep. Washington Post, "Traveling with Pompeo on secret mission to North Korea," 14 May 2018 So began a four-day journey with no confirmed schedule on the ground in North Korea, no guarantee of the prisoners' release or on progress for the summit and little to no sleep. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "2 trips to NKorea with top US diplomat, 18 years apart," 11 May 2018 Here are the states where Lyme disease is most confirmed, common symptoms and treatments and key tips to avoiding it. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Lyme disease explained: Symptoms, ticks, treatments and the states where cases occur," 7 May 2018 Team Penske has four confirmed entrants: Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 field at 33 cars and counting...," 3 Apr. 2018 Now, experts are looking at the possibility of a calving season without any confirmed births. CBS News, "Endangered right whales, on brink of extinction, could be facing "beginning of the end"," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of confirmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of confirmed

: not likely to change


con·​firmed | \ kən-ˈfərmd How to pronounce confirmed (audio) \

Kids Definition of confirmed

: unlikely to change a confirmed optimist

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to take the place or position of

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