What does confirm mean?
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confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirmverb
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
"his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"
strengthen or make more firm
"The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"
make more firm
"Confirm thy soul in self-control!"
support a person for a position
"The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"
administer the rite of confirmation to
"the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"
To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.
To confer the Christian sacrament of confirmation.
To assure the accuracy of previous statements.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: confirmo, Latin.
The testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. 1 Cor. i. 6.
Whilst all the stars, that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole. Joseph Addison, Spectator.
I confirm thee in the high priesthood, and appoint thee ruler. 1 Mac. xi. 57.
Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
Fernelius never cured a confirmed pox without it. Richard Wiseman.
He only liv’d but ’till he was a man;
The which no sooner had his prowess confirm’d,
But like a man he died. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
That treaty, so prejudicial, ought to have been remitted rather than confirmed. Jonathan Swift.
Those which are thus confirmed, are thereby supposed to be fit for admission to the sacrament. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.
In Christian denominations that practice infant baptism, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in baptism. Those being confirmed are known as confirmands. For adults, it is an affirmation of belief. It involves laying on of hands. Catholicism views confirmation as a sacrament. The sacrament is called chrismation in the Eastern Christianity. In the East it is conferred immediately after baptism. In Western Christianity, confirmation is ordinarily administered when a child reaches the age of reason or early adolescence. When an adult is baptized, the sacrament is conferred immediately after baptism in the same ceremony. Among those Christians who practice teen-aged confirmation, the practice may be perceived, secondarily, as a "coming of age" rite.In many Protestant denominations, such as the Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed traditions, confirmation is a rite that often includes a profession of faith by an already baptized person. Confirmation is required by Lutherans, Anglicans and other traditional Protestant denominations for full membership in the respective church. In Catholic theology, by contrast, it is the sacrament of baptism that confers membership, while "reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace". The Catholic and Methodist denominations teach that in confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens a baptized individual for their faith journey.Confirmation is not practiced in Baptist, Anabaptist and other groups that teach believer's baptism. Thus, the sacrament or rite of confirmation is administered to those being received from those aforementioned groups, in addition to those converts from non-Christian religions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice infant baptism, but individuals can be baptized after they reach the "age of accountability". Confirmation in the LDS Church occurs shortly following baptism, which is not considered complete or fully efficacious until confirmation is received.There is an analogous ceremony also called confirmation in Reform Judaism.
to make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish; as, health is confirmed by exercise
to strengthen in judgment or purpose
to give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain; to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor
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
to administer the rite of confirmation to. See Confirmation, 3
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon-fėrm′, v.t. to strengthen: to fix or establish: to ratify: to verify: to assure: to admit to full communion.—adj. Confirm′able.—n. Confirmā′tion, a making firm or sure: convincing proof: the rite by which persons are admitted to full communion in the R.C., Greek, Lutheran, Anglican, and other Churches.—adjs. Confirm′ative, tending to confirm; Confirm′atory, giving additional strength to: confirming; Confirmed′, settled: inveterate.—ns. Confirmee′, one to whom anything is confirmed; Confirm′er; Confirm′ing. [O. Fr. confermer—L. confirmāre—con, inten., and firmāre—firmus, firm.]
To provide or support with data, information or fact.
They did confirm they would get married as they loved each other with all the heart and soul.
Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020
Confirm vs. Conform -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Confirm and Conform.
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Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3736
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Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3479
Rank popularity for the word 'confirm' in Verbs Frequency: #256
The numerical value of confirm in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of confirm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of confirm in a Sentence
We have made several scientific expeditions off the coast of La Higuera due to the environmental importance of this place, therefore, we wanted to collaborate in the search for Itata, taking advantage of the technology we have, and thanks to the images of our underwater robot, we were able to confirm that what was there was the ship's remains.
We confirm that we were merely the company's Registered Agent/Registered Office( which is a requirement by law for each company to have) at the time of incorporation and never gave them permission or received compensation from them to advertise that they physically had an office or physical presence at our address nor the usage of our telephone numbers or email addresses and if so they would have been doing so illegally.
While I cannot go into further details regarding this live investigation, I can confirm that a team of officers, led by a senior detective from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, are working closely with the Tunisian authorities on both investigations and we have advised the coroner of the connection between the two.
Yes I can confirm that he knows that he won an Oscar. It’s still crazy to say out loud, and I’m sure he is incredibly happy, navalny.
They expect this to be treated seriously and addressed promptly. That is precisely -- precisely what Chairman [ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ] Grassley has done and is doing. ... But the American people also insist that vague, unsubstantiated and uncorroborated allegations of 30-plus-year-old misconduct, where all the supposed witnesses either totally deny it or can't confirm it, is nowhere near grounds to nullify someone's career or destroy their good name.
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- أكد, تؤكدArabic
- потвърждавам, утвърждавам, подкрепямBulgarian
- bestätigen, bekräftigenGerman
- vakuuttaa, vahvistaa, konfirmoidaFinnish
- megerősít, bérmál, konfirmálHungarian
- cresimare, confermareItalian
- bestätegenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- forsikre om, konfirmere, bekfrefte, stadfeste, bekrefteNorwegian
- beamen, bevestigenDutch
- konfirmere, stadfeste, bekrefteNorwegian Nynorsk
- bierzmować, potwierdzaćPolish
- firmar, confirmarPortuguese
- подтверди́ть, уси́ливать, уси́лить, подкрепи́ть, укрепи́ть, укрепля́ть, подтвержда́ть, подкрепля́тьRussian
- utvŕditi, krȉzmati, učvŕstiti, potvŕditiSerbo-Croatian
- bekräfta, försäkra, befästa, konfirmeraSwedish
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