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English verb: confirm

1. confirm (cognition) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

SamplesHis story confirmed my doubts.
The evidence supports the defendant.

Synonymsaffirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)back, back up, demonstrate, document, establish, prove, shew, show, validate, verify, vouch

Antonymsnegate, contradict

2. confirm (communication) strengthen or make more firm

SamplesThe witnesses confirmed the victim's account.

ExamplesThey confirm that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)affirm

Narrower (hyponym)corroborate, justify, maintain, reconfirm, uphold, validate, verify, warrant

3. confirm (change) make more firm

SamplesConfirm thy soul in self-control!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beef up, fortify, strengthen

4. confirm (social) support a person for a position

SamplesThe Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)approve, O.K., okay, sanction

5. confirm (social) administer the rite of confirmation to

SamplesThe children were confirmed in their mother's faith.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)covenant

Domain categoryfaith, organized religion, religion

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