What does affirm mean?

Definitions for affirm

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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. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear(verb)

    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    "Before God I swear I am innocent"

  3. affirm(verb)

    say yes to


  1. affirm(Verb)

    To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.

    She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.

  2. affirm(Verb)

    To support or encourage

    They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affirm(verb)

    to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review

  2. Affirm(verb)

    to assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; -- opposed to deny

  3. Affirm(verb)

    to declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial sanction. See Affirmation, 4

  4. Affirm(verb)

    to declare or assert positively

  5. Affirm(verb)

    to make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to testify by affirmation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Affirm

    af-fėrm′, v.t. to assert confidently or positively: to ratify a judgment: to confirm or maintain a statement of one's own or another's: (log.) to make a statement in the affirmative: (law) to make a formal declaration or affirmation, without an oath.—adj. Affirm′able, that may be affirmed (with of).—n. Affirm′ance, affirmation, assertion, confirmation.—adj. Affirm′ant—also n., one who affirms.—n. Affirmā′tion, act of asserting: that which is affirmed: (law) the solemn declaration made by Quakers and others incapable of taking an oath.—adj. and n. Affirm′ative, that affirms or asserts: positive, not negative: dogmatic.—adv. Affirm′atively.—adj. Affirm′atory. [O. Fr. afermer—L. affirmāread, firmus, firm. See Firm.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of affirm in a Sentence

  1. W. Edward Brown:

    The artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life.

  2. Austin Nimocks:

    We are hopeful the Supreme Court will uphold the freedom of the people to affirm marriage.

  3. Mayor Francis:

    We will appeal the ruling with the hope that higher courts will affirm the city's authority to adopt its own minimum wage.

  4. President Jacob Zuma:

    We urge all those who are eligible to vote to register to vote ... so that together we continue to re-affirm and deepen our democracy.

  5. Susan Hrostowski:

    There is no greater joy on this planet than to have him as my son and for the world to understand, appreciate and affirm that he is my son.

Images & Illustrations of affirm

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