confirm

[[t]kənfɜ͟ː(r)m[/t]]
♦♦
confirms, confirming, confirmed
1) VERB: no cont If something confirms what you believe, suspect, or fear, it shows that it is definitely true.

[V that] X-rays have confirmed that he has not broken any bones...

[V n] These new statistics confirm our worst fears about the depth of the recession...

[V n] This confirms what I suspected all along.

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confirmation [[t]kɒ̱nfə(r)me͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

They took her resignation from Bendix as confirmation of their suspicions.

2) VERB If you confirm something that has been stated or suggested, you say that it is true because you know about it.

[V that] The spokesman confirmed that the area was now in rebel hands...

[V n] He confirmed what had long been feared...

[V n] Can you confirm this?

Derived words:
confirmation N-UNCOUNT

She glanced over at James for confirmation.

3) VERB If you confirm an arrangement or appointment, you say that it is definite, usually in a letter or on the telephone.

[V n] You make the reservation, and I'll confirm it in writing.

Derived words:
confirmation N-UNCOUNT

Travel arrangements are subject to confirmation by State Tourist Organisations.

4) VERB: usu passive If someone is confirmed, they are formally accepted as a member of a Christian church during a ceremony in which they say they believe what the church teaches.

[be V-ed] He was confirmed as a member of the Church of England.

Derived words:
confirmation plural N-VAR

...when I was being prepared for Confirmation...

Flu prevented her from attending her daughter's confirmation.

5) VERB: no cont If something confirms you in your decision, belief, or opinion, it makes you think that you are definitely right.

[V n in n] It has confirmed me in my decision not to become a nun.

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6) VERB If someone confirms their position, role, or power, they do something to make their power, position, or role stronger or more definite.

[V n] Williams has confirmed his position as the world's number one snooker player.

7) VERB If something confirms you as something, it shows that you definitely deserve a name, role, or position.

[V n as n] His new role could confirm him as one of our leading actors.


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  • 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

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