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The word confirm and its family (confirmation, confirmed, confirming, confirms) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb confirm

What does confirm mean as a doing word?

Confirm is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: confirmed | confirming | confirms

  1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  2. strengthen or make more firm
    • examples: The witnesses confirmed the victim's account | They confirm that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authority
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): admit, affirm, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, discover, grant, guarantee, maintain, observe, reaffirm, show.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of confirm: reassert
    • more generic word: affirm = say yes to
    • more specific words:
  3. make more firm
    • example: Confirm thy soul in self-control!
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: beef up / fortify / strengthen = make strong or stronger
  4. support a person for a position
    • example: The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: approve / O.K. / okay / sanction = give sanction to
  5. administer the rite of confirmation to

Alternative definition of the verb confirm


  1. To strengthen; to make firm.
  2. To confer the Christian sacrament of confirmation.
  3. To assure the accuracy of previous statements.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for confirm

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Google previewReports of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri (1909)

by Missouri. Supreme Court

The sale is a judicial one, and its confirmation rests in the discretion of the court, and its re— fusal to confirm is an interlocutory order, from which the Act of 1891, or the statute prior thereto, gave the purchaser no right to appeal. [Overruling, on ...

Google previewReports of Cases Determined by the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri (1909)

The sale is a judicial one, and its confirmation rests in the discretion of the court, and its refusal to confirm is an interlocutory order, from which the Act of 1891, or the statute prior thereto, gave the purchaser no right to appeal. [Overruling, on this ...

Google previewFreedom Fighter (2012)

One Man's Fight for One Free World by Majed El Shafie

When confronted by state security forces members of religious minorities face the very real possibility of torture, which international observers, including the United Nations, confirm is a systemic problem in the country. Even though Christianity ...

Google previewAt Home with the Empire (2006)

Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World by Catherine Hall, Sonya O. Rose

Arguing from different perspectives, what Howe, Schama, Eagleton and others confirm is that there is no single model of colonial experience or of colonial disengagement. locating ireland Placing Ireland within the historiography of Britain and ...

Google previewSub-National Credit Risk and Sovereign Bailouts: Who Pays the Premium? (2014)

by Ms. E. Jenkner, Zhongjin Lu

The only prior we cannot confirm is that regional credit negative events also started putting upward pressure on sovereign borrowing cost: the coefficient on in equation (3) is still positive, but ...

Google previewInformation Security Practice and Experience (2011)

7th International Conference, ISPEC 2011, Guangzhou, China, May 30-June 1, 2011, Proceedings by Feng Bao, Jian Weng

Confirm is an interactive protocol run between the signer and a verifier on common input (pk,M,σ). The signer with private input sk proves to the verifier that σ is a valid signature on M under pk, and the verifier outputs a bit b which is one for ...

Google previewJavaScript Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Alexander J. Vincent

Methods The confirm ( ) method of window objects opens a miniature pop-up window with three parts. The first is the value of the first argument, written out as a JavaScript string. The second is an OK button, and the third is a Cancel button.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

CONFIRM—CONFIRMATION. limits; adjacent parts; boundaries. Courrm'm'r, n. restraint within limits; imprisonment; seclusion; voluntary restraint in any way; restraint by sickness. applied to a woman in childbirth—SYN. of ' confine, n.': border ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1900)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts

" This cause coming on now to be heard upon the motion to confirm the sale of the real estate heretofore, to wit, on the 2d day of May, 1883, and the court having examined the proceedings therein and ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


| to confirm || confirmer | den Empfang von etw. ~ (D | to acknowledge the receipt of sth. || accuser réception de qch. | den Empfang von etw. ~ (2) | to give a ...

Google previewThe Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773 (1996)

by Allen Reddick

The incorporation of three brief passages to illustrate a new sense of the word CONFIRM, v.a. provides a shorthand picture of the necessity of strength of commitment through faith. 6. To settle or strengthen in resolution, or purpose or opinion.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1900)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

Discretion to Confirm or Vacate and Grounds for Its Exercise — In General. — Whether a sale shall be vacated or confirmed is a matter resting largely in the sound discretion of the court, to be exercised not arbitrarily, but according to equitable ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

-> P1 P3 P4 P5 confirm verb ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

validate — Execution procedure used by combatant command components, supporting combatant commanders, and providing organizations to confirm to the supported commander and US Transportation Command that all the information ...

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Usage statistics about confirm

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about confirm

Singing a song
We wait
At campfire.
Jumping to sky
We call
friend close.
Hugging sweetheart
Existence confirm
Confirm future. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1F4I1R1M3

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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