Verb confirm Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


confirm (third-person singular simple present confirms, present participle confirming, simple past and past participle confirmed)

  1. To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.
  2. (transitive, Christianity) To administer the sacrament of confirmation on (someone).
  3. To assure the accuracy of previous statements.

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

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 definite, he confirmed that he would appear in court

3. to strengthen or make more firm, his story confirmed my doubts

4. to make valid by a formal act or agreement; ratify

5. to administer the rite of confirmation to Derived Formsconfirmable, adjectiveconfirmatory, confirmative, adjectiveconfirmer, noun Word OriginC13, from Old French confermer, from Latin confirmāre, from firmusfirm1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


A quickening pulse was enough to confirm his statement.

Betsy was hopeful she might confirm the people lived in the area at time of the dream.

I'm waiting for Jenn to confirm, and we'll schedule to take it out tomorrow morning, Toni said.

She found herself poking the new teeth with her tongue to confirm they really were there.

He called in to confirm but then lost the vehicle in traffic.

She turned slowly and craned her head to confirm the design covered every inch of her exposed neck.

In fact, she felt angry, and she wanted to see the galley to confirm this all wasn't an elaborate hallucination.

If Shipton traced the credit card to Bird Song, why would he call to confirm she and Donnie were here?

I'm uploading information to confirm the order for assistance.

Ethel Rosewater called to confirm Thursday night.

She pulled up her shirt to confirm the bruises were gone.

She wanted nothing more than to lie down and sleep, but she need to confirm what her instincts told her before she acted.

Xander didn't confirm the words, leery of anyone who understood the power of the gem at his neck.

However, this did not prevent the prelates from continuing to act to some extent with the barons, and early in January 1215 the malcontents asked the king to confirm the laws of Edward the Confessor and the other liberties of the kingdom.

All that he saw and heard seemed to confirm this terror.

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