Affirm meaning

ə-fûrm
To declare support for or belief in.

Affirm the right to self-determination.

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The definition of affirm is to state something to be true.

To show proof of one's age and date of birth for the purchase of alcohol is an example of to affirm.

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To declare positively; assert to be true.

A philosopher affirming the existence of free will; a document affirming that each student has completed the course.

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To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
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(law) To declare solemnly, but not under oath; make affirmation.
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To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
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They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.

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To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; especially (law) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appelate court for review.
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(law) To rule (a court decision) to have been correct; confirm.

The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's decision.

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To say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true.
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To make valid; confirm; uphold; ratify (a law, decision, or judgment)
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To confirm, ratify, or otherwise approve a lower court’s decision on appeal.
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To solemnly declare that certain statements are true or that one will testify truthfully.
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To make a solemn promise. See also oath.
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To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.

She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.

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Origin of affirm

  • Middle English affermen from Old French afermer from Latin affirmāre ad- ad- firmāre to strengthen (from firmus strong dher- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French afermer, affermer, from Latin affirmare, adfirmare (“to present as fixed, aver, affirm”), from ad (“to”) + firmare (“to make firm”), from firmus (“firm”).

    From Wiktionary