re·​af·​firm (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈfərm How to pronounce reaffirm (audio)
reaffirmed; reaffirming; reaffirms

transitive verb

: to affirm (something) again especially so as to strengthen or confirm
reaffirming the defendant's innocence
reaffirm the validity of a debt
a story that reaffirmed her belief in the goodness of humanity

Examples of reaffirm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 45-year-old artist, who released his ninth studio album, Coming Home, just days before the performance, drew on his three-decade career to deliver a show that reaffirmed that Usher is truly an unparalleled performer. Cady Lang, TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 These commitments will reaffirm that, here in America, women can choose when to become mothers. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Friday President Biden will host German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the White House, where the two will reaffirm their strong support for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Throughout the day, in dozens of posts and hundreds of comments, the group’s members posted messages of support for each other’s efforts, reaffirming each other’s beliefs in the conspiracies despite no actual evidence of fraud. David Gilbert, WIRED, 24 Jan. 2024 The Biggest Bombshells from the TikTok Ban Hearing Regarding the committee’s concerns about TikTok, Chew reaffirmed that neither the app nor its parent company ByteDance Inc., is under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 In a separate statement, the Fed also reaffirmed its commitment to its dual mandate of stabilizing prices and maximizing employment. Bryan Mena, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Thursday’s announcement was also a way for Maserati to reaffirm its commitment to electrification. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2024 Yoon Suk Yeol, the conservative, won a narrow victory after promising to reaffirm his country’s alliance with the United States. Lauretta Charlton, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reaffirm was in 1624

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“Reaffirm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


transitive verb
: to affirm again
: to agree to the payment of (a dischargeable debt) with a creditor prior to the discharge of debts in bankruptcy
reaffirmed her debt in order to keep her car
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