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. [1913 Webster]

Confirm the crown to me and to mine heirs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law. --Ps. cv. 10. [1913 Webster]

2. To strengthen in judgment or purpose. [1913 Webster]

Confirmed, then, I resolve Adam shall share with me in bliss or woe. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain; to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor. [1913 Webster]

Your eyes shall witness and confirm my tale. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

These likelihoods confirm her flight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

That treaty so prejudicial ought to have been remitted rather than confimed. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. (Eccl.) To administer the rite of confirmation to. See {Confirmation}, 3. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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