Definitions for: Confirm

[v] make more firm; "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"
[v] establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"
[v] strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"
[v] administer the religius rite of confirmation to; "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"
[v] as of a person to a position; "The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con*firm", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confrmed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Confirming.] [OE. confermen, confirmen, OF.
confermer, F. confirmer, fr. L. confirmare; con- + firmare to
make firm, fr. firmus firm. See Firm.]
1. To make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish;
as, health is confirmed by exercise.

Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs. --Shak.

And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law. --Ps.
cv. 10.

2. To strengthen in judgment or purpose.

Confirmed, then, I resolve Adam shall share with me
in bliss or woe. --Milton.

3. To give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain;
to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor.

Your eyes shall witness and confirm my tale. --Pope.

These likelihoods confirm her flight. --Shak.

4. To render valid by formal assent; to complete by a
necessary sanction; to ratify; as, to confirm the
appoinment of an official; the Senate confirms a treaty.

That treaty so prejudicial ought to have been
remitted rather than confimed. --Swift.

5. (Eccl.) To administer the rite of confirmation to. See
Confirmation, 3.

Those which are thus confirmed are thereby supposed
to be fit for admission to the sacrament. --Hammond.

Syn: To strengthen; corroborate; substantiate; establish;
fix; ratify; settle; verify; assure.

Synonyms: affirm, corroborate, reassert, substantiate, support, sustain

Antonyms: contradict, negate

See Also: affirm, approve, back, back up, beef up, corroborate, covenant, demonstrate, document, establish, fortify, justify, maintain, O.K., okay, prove, reconfirm, sanction, shew, show, strengthen, uphold, validate, validate, verify, verify, vouch, warrant

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