Confirm meaning

kən-fûrm
To make valid or binding by a formal or legal act; ratify.
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The definition of confirm is to approve or to establish the truth or make stronger.

An example of confirm is to sign an alliance agreement.

An example of confirm is to call a friend and make sure that tonight's plans are definite.

An example of confirm is to pledge devotion to a faith.

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To make firm; strengthen; establish; encourage.
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To make valid by formal approval; ratify.
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To prove the truth, validity, or authenticity of; verify.
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To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.
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To cause to undergo the religious ceremony of confirmation.
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To administer the religious rite of confirmation to.
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(Christianity) To administer the sacrament of confirmation on (someone).
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To assure the accuracy of previous statements.
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To make firmer; strengthen.

Working on the campaign confirmed her intention to go into politics.

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Origin of confirm

  • Middle English confirmen from Old French confermer from Latin cōnfirmāre com- intensive pref. com– 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 confermer, from Latin confirmāre (“to make firm, strenghten, establish”), from com- (“together”) with firmare (“to make firm”), from firmus (“firm”).

    From Wiktionary