Definitions for confirmkənˈfɜrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness of; corroborate; verify:

    to confirm one's suspicions.

  2. to acknowledge with definite assurance; make certain or definite:

    to confirm a reservation.

  3. to make valid or binding by some formal or legal act; sanction; ratify.

  4. to make firm or firmer; add strength to.

  5. to strengthen (a person) in habit, resolution, opinion, etc.

  6. to administer the rite of confirmation to.

    Category: Religion

Origin of confirm:

1250–1300; ME confermen < OF confermer < L confirmāre to strengthen; see con -, firm1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm(verb)

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

  2. confirm, reassert(verb)

    strengthen or make more firm

    "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"

  3. confirm(verb)

    make more firm

    "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"

  4. confirm(verb)

    support a person for a position

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

  5. confirm(verb)

    administer the rite of confirmation to

    "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confirm(verb)ənˈfɜrm

    to show or say that sth is true or definite

    Police confirmed that the numbers were correct.; to call in order to confirm our reservation

  2. confirmənˈfɜrm

    to make sb's feeling stronger

    What happened confirmed her belief in God.; a confirmation of the story; a confirmation of her belief


  1. confirm(Verb)

    To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.

  2. confirm(Verb)

    To confer the Christian sacrament of confirmation.

  3. confirm(Verb)

    To assure the accuracy of previous statements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confirm(verb)

    to make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish; as, health is confirmed by exercise

  2. Confirm(verb)

    to strengthen in judgment or purpose

  3. Confirm(verb)

    to give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain; to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor

  4. Confirm(verb)

    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

  5. Confirm(verb)

    to administer the rite of confirmation to. See Confirmation, 3

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3736

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3479

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Verbs Frequency: #256

Translations for confirm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to establish or make quite certain

They confirmed their hotel booking by letter.

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