• WordNet 3.6
    • v confirm make more firm "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"
    • v confirm establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts "his story confirmed my doubts","The evidence supports the defendant"
    • v confirm strengthen or make more firm "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"
    • v confirm administer the rite of confirmation to "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"
    • v confirm support a person for a position "The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Confirm (Eccl) To administer the rite of confirmation to. See Confirmation, 3. "Those which are thus confirmed are thereby supposed to be fit for admission to the sacrament."
    • Confirm To give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain; to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor. "Your eyes shall witness and confirm my tale.""These likelihoods confirm her flight."
    • Confirm To make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish; as, health is confirmed by exercise. "Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs.""And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law."
    • Confirm 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. "That treaty so prejudicial ought to have been remitted rather than confimed ."
    • Confirm To strengthen in judgment or purpose. "Confirmed , then, I resolve
      Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confirm To make firm, or more firm; add strength to; strengthen: as, one's resolution is confirmed by the approval of another.
    • confirm To settle or establish; render fixed or secure.
    • confirm To make certain or sure; give new assurance of truth or certainty to; put past doubt; verify.
    • confirm To certify or give assurance to; inform positively.
    • confirm To sanction; ratify; consummate; make valid or binding by some formal or legal act: as, to confirm an agreement, promise, covenant, or title.
    • confirm To strengthen in resolution, purpose, or opinion; fortify.
    • confirm Eccles., to admit to the full privileges of church-membership by the imposition of hands; administer the rite of confirmation to. See confirmation, 1 .
    • confirm Synonyms Corroborate, substantiate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Confirm kon-fėrm′ to strengthen: to fix or establish: to ratify: to verify: to assure: to admit to full communion
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  • Leo Rosten
    “Courage is the capacity to confirm what can be imagined.”
  • Marion D. Hanks
    Marion D. Hanks
    “Every human being is trying to say something to others. Trying to cry out I am alive, notice me! Speak to me! Confirm that I am important, that I matter!!”
  • Catullus
    “It is difficult to lay aside a confirmed passion.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.”
  • Voltaire
    “In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.”
  • Booth Tarkington
    Booth Tarkington
    “Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.”


Confirmed bachelor - A confirmed bachelor is a man who shows little or no interest in women. It can be used to suggest that they're gay.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. confermen, confirmen, OF. confermer, F. confirmer, fr. L. confirmare,; con-, + firmare, to make firm, fr. firmus, firm. See Firm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. confermer—L. confirmārecon, inten., and firmārefirmus, firm.


In literature:

It has been shown, that even the oath given to confirm an assertion, belongs to this class.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
On more than one occasion, indeed, I had confirmation of this.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Practical experience has abundantly confirmed these conclusions.
"Apis Mellifica" by C. W. Wolf
He brought confirmation of that monster's Californian marriage.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Tradition confirms the belief that this was at one time the well, but not always.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
They talked still longer on these subjects, each endeavouring to confirm his assertions by examples.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
To confirm our discovery, we made several other experiments, and with the same success.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
Thus the weak have been strengthened, the wavering confirmed, the irresolute emboldened.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
And every year confirms and makes more clear the answer.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
The daughter of the house, a beautiful little girl, was confirmed, and she had a friend who was confirmed, too.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

Jesus, since I with thee am one,
Confirm my soul in thee,
And still continue to tread down
The man of sin in me.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Behold thy waiting servant, Lord,
Devoted to thy fear;
Remember and confirm thy word,
For all my hopes are there.
"Psalm 119 part 10" by Isaac Watts
Yet never to the listener's eye
Has sight confirmed the sound;
A wavering birch line marks alone
The vacant pasture ground.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
To look to Jesus as he rose
Confirms my faith, disarms my foes;
Satan I shame and overcome,
By pointing to my Saviour's tomb.
"Looking Unto Jesus" by John Newton
So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in, and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie,
Which just before her husband told.
"Against Lying" by Isaac Watts
Give thou more or less, as we
Shall serve the right or serve the wrong.
Confirm our freedom but so long
As we are worthy to be free.
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong confirms his office is investigating the hospitalization of a toddler.
Yours truly has one $450 moving coil cartridge to his list of confirmed kills, and I have installed a lot of cartridges in my day.
Eagles' LeSean McCoy confirms use of last name as catch phrase .
Today, a Gloucester County Times sports reporter confirmed a rumor surrounding a Philadelphia Eagles running back to DEADSPIN.
Cathay Pacific Airlines has confirmed its plan to replace its aging Boeing 747-400 fleet with Airbus A350-1000s in a new $4.2 billion deal signed Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow.
That confirms the censors are still in effect.
Officials confirmed today that a fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo was intentionally set.
A jaguar family plods through Kaa Iya National Park, Bolivia, near the Isoso Station of the Santa Cruz-Puerto Suarez Gas Pipeline WCS conservationists confirm that the mother, nicknamed Kaaiyana, has lived in the area for six years.
The Georgetown Law professor brought her partner, Nan Hunter, to her Senate confirmation hearing.
Albuquerque police have confirmed the westbound off-ramps from Interstate 40 to both north and south Coors Boulevard are closed due to a semi rollover.
Confirmation Hearings are a " Charade ".
One of my favorite memories of teaching Confirmation was with my class in 2005 came when we were discussing the students' choices in patron saints.
High call volumes caused "intermittent outages" in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon.
The former Providence point guard confirmed he intends to play for the University of Hawaii and not the Golden Flashes in a story in Sunday's Honolulu Advertiser.
BERLIN, Sept 30— Last week, Berlin's prestigious Humboldt University reluctantly confirmed that it had given information on 23 Arab students to the German government.

In science:

These consequences of our theory are confirmed by computer calculations.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
This is confirmed in the inset of Fig. 4, where αc = 4.53 is obtained by finite size scaling, i.e. plotting G(x) where x = N 1/ν (α − αc ).
Random Geometric Graphs
As expected, Eq. (9) predicts that αc (∞) is equal to αc in random graphs, confirming that RGGs and random graphs become more and more similar as d increases.
Random Geometric Graphs
This discrepancy is too great to be regarded as being due to methodical errors. Although the results are scanty, they confirm the increase in isotopic ratio toward 235U, thus providing a strong argument supporting the stated hypothesis.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Note. — There are 215 confirmed GCs, of which the first ten are listed here.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs