confirm


confirm
con|firm
W2S2 [kənˈfə:m US -ə:rm] v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: confirmer, from Latin confirmare, from com- ( COM-) + firmare 'to make firm']
1.) to show that something is definitely true, especially by providing more proof
New evidence has confirmed the first witness's story.
To confirm my diagnosis I need to do some tests.
confirm that
Research has confirmed that the risk is higher for women.
confirm what
The new results confirm what most of us knew already.
2.) to say that something is definitely true
The President refused to confirm the rumor.
Managers have so far refused to confirm or deny reports that up to 200 jobs are to go.
confirm that
Walsh confirmed that the money had been paid.
confirm what
My brother will confirm what I have told you.
3.) to tell someone that a possible arrangement, date, or situation is now definite or official
Could you confirm the dates we discussed?
Smith was confirmed as the club's new manager yesterday.
confirm a booking/reservation/appointment
I am writing to confirm a booking for a single room for the night of 6 June.
4.) to make you believe that your idea or feeling is right
confirm your fears/doubts/suspicions etc
This just confirms my worst fears.
confirm you in your belief/opinion/view etc (that)
(=make you believe something more strongly)
The expression on his face confirmed me in my suspicions.
5.) be confirmed
to be made a full member of the Christian church in a special ceremony

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • confirm — con·firm vt 1 a: to make valid by necessary formal approval the debtor s chapter 13 plan confirm ed by the court b: to vote approval of confirm a nomination 2: to give formal acknowledgment of receipt of 3 …   Law dictionary

  • confirm — con‧firm [kənˈfɜːm ǁ fɜːrm] verb [transitive] 1. to say or show that something is definitely true: • The company said the report confirmed what its own directors and accountants had already established. confirm that • Walsh confirmed that the… …   Financial and business terms

  • Confirm — Con*firm , v. t. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confirm — 1 *ratify Analogous words: *assent, consent, acquiesce, accede, subscribe: validate (see CONFIRM 2): sanction, *approve, endorse Contrasted words: reject, refuse, *decline 2 Confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authentica …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • confirm — [kən fʉrm′] vt. [ME confermen < OFr confermer < L confirmare < com , intens. + firmare, to strengthen < firmus, FIRM1] 1. to make firm; strengthen; establish; encourage 2. to make valid by formal approval; ratify 3. to prove the truth …   English World dictionary

  • confirm — [v1] ratify, validate, prove affirm, approve, attest, authenticate, back, bear out, bless, buy, certify, check, check out, circumstantiate, corroborate, debunk, double check, endorse, establish, explain, give green light*, give high sign*, give… …   New thesaurus

  • confirm — ► VERB 1) establish the truth or correctness of. 2) state with assurance that something is true. 3) make definite or formally valid. 4) (confirm in) reinforce (someone) in (an opinion or feeling). 5) (usu. be confirmed) administer the religious… …   English terms dictionary

  • confirm — mid 13c., confirmyn to ratify, from O.Fr. confermer (13c., Mod.Fr. confirmer) strengthen, establish, consolidate; affirm by proof or evidence; anoint (a king), from L. confirmare make firm, strengthen, establish, from com , intensive prefix (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • confirm */*/*/ — UK [kənˈfɜː(r)m] / US [kənˈfɜrm] verb Word forms confirm : present tense I/you/we/they confirm he/she/it confirms present participle confirming past tense confirmed past participle confirmed 1) [transitive] to prove that something is true The… …   English dictionary

  • confirm — con|firm [ kən fɜrm ] verb *** 1. ) transitive to prove that something is true: The study confirms the findings of earlier research. Please bring something with you that confirms your identity. confirm (that): The doctor may run a test to confirm …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English