affirm

affirm
verb Etymology: Middle English affermen, from Anglo-French afermer, from Latin affirmare, from ad- + firmare to make firm, from firmus firm — more at firm Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. validate, confirm b. to state positively <
he affirmed his innocence
>
2. to assert (as a judgment or decree) as valid or confirmed 3. to express dedication to <
affirm life
>
intransitive verb 1. to testify or declare by affirmation as distinguished from swearing an oath 2. to uphold a judgment or decree of a lower court Synonyms: see assertaffirmable adjectiveaffirmance noun

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  • affirm — af·firm /ə fərm/ vt 1: to assert as true or factual 2: to assert (as a judgment) as valid or confirmed affirm ed the lower court s ruling compare remand, reverse …   Law dictionary

  • Affirm — Af*firm ([a^]f*f[ e]rm ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affirmed} ( f[ e]rmd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Affirming}.] [OE. affermen, OF. afermer, F. affirmer, affermir, fr. L. affirmare; ad + firmare to make firm, firmus firm. See {Firm}.] 1. To make firm; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affirm — Af*firm , v. i. 1. To declare or assert positively. [1913 Webster] Not that I so affirm, though so it seem To thee, who hast thy dwelling here on earth. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affirm — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. afermier (Mod.Fr. affirmer) affirm, confirm; strengthen, consolidate, from L. affirmare to make steady, strengthen, figuratively confirm, corroborate, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + firmare strengthen, make firm, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • affirm — profess, aver, avow, protest, avouch, declare , *assert, warrant, predicate Analogous words: attest, *certify, vouch, witness: state (see RELATE) Antonyms: deny Contrasted words: contradict, negative, traverse, gainsay (see DENY): dispute, debate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • affirm — [v] declare the truth of something assert, asseverate, attest, aver, avouch, avow, certify, cinch, clinch, confirm, cross heart, declare, guarantee, have a lock on*, ice*, insist, lock up*, maintain, nail down*, okay, predicate, profess,… …   New thesaurus

  • affirm — ► VERB 1) state emphatically or publicly. 2) Law make a formal declaration rather than taking an oath. DERIVATIVES affirmation noun. ORIGIN Latin affirmare, from firmus strong …   English terms dictionary

  • affirm — [ə fʉrm′] vt. [ME affermen < OFr affermer < L affirmare, to present as fixed < ad , to + firmare, to make firm < firmus: see FIRM1] 1. to say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true: opposed to DENY 2. to make valid; confirm;… …   English World dictionary

  • affirm — UK [əˈfɜː(r)m] / US [əˈfɜrm] verb [transitive] Word forms affirm : present tense I/you/we/they affirm he/she/it affirms present participle affirming past tense affirmed past participle affirmed 1) formal to state that something is true or that… …   English dictionary

  • affirm — affirmable, adj. affirmably, adv. affirmer, n. affirmingly, adv. /euh ferrm /, v.t. 1. to state or assert positively; maintain as true: to affirm one s loyalty to one s country; He affirmed that all was well. 2. to confirm or ratify: The… …   Universalium

  • affirm — verb Affirm is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑court Affirm is used with these nouns as the object: ↑belief, ↑commitment, ↑conviction, ↑decision, ↑existence, ↑faith, ↑identity, ↑importance, ↑right …   Collocations dictionary

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