verb (used with object)

  1. to establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness of; corroborate; verify: This report confirms my suspicions.
  2. to acknowledge with definite assurance: Did the hotel confirm our room reservation?
  3. to make valid or binding by some formal or legal act; sanction; ratify: to confirm a treaty; to confirm her appointment to the Supreme Court.
  4. to make firm or more firm; add strength to; settle or establish firmly: Their support confirmed my determination to run for mayor.
  5. to strengthen (a person) in habit, resolution, opinion, etc.: The accident confirmed him in his fear of driving.
  6. to administer the religious rite of confirmation to.

verb (tr)

  1. (may take a clause as object) to prove to be true or valid; corroborate; verify
  2. (may take a clause as object) to assert for a second or further time, so as to make more definitehe confirmed that he would appear in court
  3. to strengthen or make more firmhis story confirmed my doubts
  4. to make valid by a formal act or agreement; ratify
  5. to administer the rite of confirmation to

v.mid-13c., confirmyn “to ratify,” from Old French confermer (13c., Modern French confirmer) “strengthen, establish, consolidate; affirm by proof or evidence; anoint (a king),” from Latin confirmare “make firm, strengthen, establish,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + firmare “to strengthen,” from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Confirmative; confirmatory.

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