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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confirm  \Con*firm"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Confrmed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Confirming}.]  [OE.  confermen,  confirmen,  OF 
  confermer,  F.  confirmer,  fr  L.  confirmare  con-  +  firmare  to 
  make  firm,  fr  firmus  firm.  See  {Firm}.] 
  1.  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.  --Shak. 
 
  And  confirmed  the  same  unto  Jacob  for  a  law.  --Ps. 
  cv  10. 
 
  2.  To  strengthen  in  judgment  or  purpose. 
 
  Confirmed,  then,  I  resolve  Adam  shall  share  with  me 
  in  bliss  or  woe.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  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.  --Pope. 
 
  These  likelihoods  confirm  her  flight.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  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.  --Swift. 
 
  5.  (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.  --Hammond. 
 
  Syn:  To  strengthen;  corroborate;  substantiate;  establish; 
  fix;  ratify;  settle;  verify;  assure. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confirm 
  v  1:  strengthen  or  make  more  firm  as  by  corroboration;  "his  story 
  confirmed  my  doubts"  [syn:  {corroborate},  {sustain},  {substantiate}, 
  {support},  {affirm}]  [ant:  {negate}] 
  2:  strengthen  or  make  more  firm;  "The  witnesses  confirmed  the 
  victim's  account"  [syn:  {reassert}] 
  3:  make  more  firm;  "Confirm  thy  soul  in  self-control!" 
  4:  as  of  a  person  to  a  position:  "The  Senate  confirmed  the 
  President's  candidate  for  Secretary  of  Defense" 
  5:  administer  confirmation  to  a  church  rite 




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