confirm


confirm
con|firm [ kən`fɜrm ] verb ***
1. ) transitive to prove that something is true:
The study confirms the findings of earlier research.
Please bring something with you that confirms your identity.
confirm (that): The doctor may run a test to confirm that you are pregnant.
a ) to make you feel sure that an idea or belief is right or true:
confirm someone's suspicions: Their strange behavior was enough to confirm my suspicions.
confirm someone's fears: When she saw the letter her worst fears were confirmed.
confirm someone in their belief/view/determination etc.: His words confirmed me in my belief that our cause was right.
b ) to say that something is definitely true because you know about it:
We cannot confirm the number of jobs that will be lost.
confirm that: The principal confirmed that two pupils had been expelled.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to tell someone, usually by writing or telephoning, that something will definitely happen at the time or in the way that has been arranged:
You can make an appointment now, and then call nearer the time to confirm.
The date of the meeting is still to be confirmed.
3. ) transitive to formally support something and allow it to happen:
The parliament's decision still has to be confirmed in a referendum.
a ) to formally accept someone new in an important position:
Nigel Hill was yesterday confirmed as the new chief executive.
4. ) transitive usually passive to formally accept someone into the Christian Church or a Reform Jewish Church in a special ceremony

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Confirm — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • confirm — [kən fʉrm′] vt. [ME confermen < OFr confermer < L confirmare < com , intens. + firmare, to strengthen < firmus, FIRM1] 1. to make firm; strengthen; establish; encourage 2. to make valid by formal approval; ratify 3. to prove the truth …   English World dictionary

  • confirm — [v1] ratify, validate, prove affirm, approve, attest, authenticate, back, bear out, bless, buy, certify, check, check out, circumstantiate, corroborate, debunk, double check, endorse, establish, explain, give green light*, give high sign*, give… …   New thesaurus

  • confirm — ► VERB 1) establish the truth or correctness of. 2) state with assurance that something is true. 3) make definite or formally valid. 4) (confirm in) reinforce (someone) in (an opinion or feeling). 5) (usu. be confirmed) administer the religious… …   English terms dictionary

  • confirm — mid 13c., confirmyn to ratify, from O.Fr. confermer (13c., Mod.Fr. confirmer) strengthen, establish, consolidate; affirm by proof or evidence; anoint (a king), from L. confirmare make firm, strengthen, establish, from com , intensive prefix (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • confirm — con|firm W2S2 [kənˈfə:m US ə:rm] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: confirmer, from Latin confirmare, from com ( COM ) + firmare to make firm ] 1.) to show that something is definitely true, especially by providing more proof ▪ New… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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