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AFFIRM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does affirm mean? 

AFFIRM (verb)
  The verb AFFIRM has 3 senses:

1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
2. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
3. say yes to

  Familiarity information: AFFIRM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AFFIRM (verb)


Sense 1affirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

affirm; confirm; corroborate; substantiate; support; sustain

Context examples:

his story confirmed my doubts / The evidence supports the defendant

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "affirm"):

back; back up (establish as valid or genuine)

vouch (give supporting evidence)

verify (confirm the truth of)

demonstrate; establish; prove; shew; show (establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment)

document (support or supply with references)

validate (prove valid; show or confirm the validity of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Antonym:

negate (prove negative; show to be false)


Sense 2affirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

swan; avow; swear; aver; assert; affirm; verify

Context example:

Before God I swear I am innocent

Hypernyms (to "affirm" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "affirm"):

assure; tell (inform positively and with certainty and confidence)

protest (affirm or avow formally or solemnly)

declare (state firmly)

attest (authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity)

claim; take (lay claim to; as of an idea)

hold (assert or affirm)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They affirm that there was a traffic accident


Sense 3affirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Say yes to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "affirm"):

claim (assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing)

reaffirm (affirm once again)

confirm; reassert (strengthen or make more firm)

defend; maintain (state or assert)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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