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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


Synonymsreassert


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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