Con·firm v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confrmed p. pr. & vb. n. Confirming.]
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.
v 1: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his
story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the
defendant" [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 the rite of confirmation to; "the children were
confirmed in their mother's faith"