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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Confirm \Con*firm"\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" [syn: {confirm}, {corroborate}, {sustain}, {substantiate}, {support}, {affirm}] [ant: {contradict}, {negate}]

2: strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account" [syn: {confirm}, {reassert}]

3: make more firm; "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"

4: support a person for a position; "The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"

5: administer the rite of confirmation to; "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"

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