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CONFIRM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confirm mean? 

CONFIRM (verb)
  The verb CONFIRM has 5 senses:

1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
2. strengthen or make more firm
3. make more firm
4. support a person for a position
5. administer the rite of confirmation to

  Familiarity information: CONFIRM used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFIRM (verb)


Sense 1confirm [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 "confirm"):

back; back up (establish as valid or genuine)

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

document (support or supply with references)

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

verify (confirm the truth of)

vouch (give supporting evidence)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2confirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strengthen or make more firm

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

reassert; confirm

Context example:

The witnesses confirmed the victim's account

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

affirm (say yes to)

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

maintain; uphold (support against an opponent)

justify; warrant (show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for)

verify (attach or append a legal verification to (a pleading or petition))

corroborate; validate (give evidence for)

reconfirm (confirm again)

Sentence frames:

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

Sentence example:

They confirm that there was a traffic accident


Sense 3confirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more firm

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Confirm thy soul in self-control!

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

beef up; fortify; strengthen (make strong or stronger)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4confirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support a person for a position

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense

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

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction (give sanction to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5confirm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Administer the rite of confirmation to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

the children were confirmed in their mother's faith

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

covenant (enter into a covenant)

Domain category:

faith; organized religion; religion (an institution to express belief in a divine power)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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