affirm

  • 1affirm — 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 …

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  • 2Affirm — 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

  • 3Affirm — 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 …

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  • 4affirm — (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

  • 5affirm — 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 …

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  • 6affirm — [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,… …

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  • 7affirm — ► 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

  • 8affirm — [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

  • 9affirm — 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

  • 10affirm — 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

  • 11affirm — 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

  • 12affirm — v. 1) to affirm categorically 2) (L) the ministry affirmed that the visit had been postponed * * * [ə fɜːm] (L) the ministry affirmed that the visit had been postponed to affirm categorically …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13affirm — 01. The director has [affirmed] in writing to me his intention to expand our department and hire additional staff. 02. The government has [affirmed] its determination to proceed with the legislation. 03. The boss replied in the [affirmative] to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14affirm — af|firm [ ə fɜrm ] verb transitive 1. ) FORMAL to state that something is true or you agree with it, especially in public: The school affirmed its commitment to its students. affirm (that): The senator affirmed that she would support our proposal …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15affirm — [[t]əfɜ͟ː(r)m[/t]] affirms, affirming, affirmed 1) VERB If you affirm that something is true or that something exists, you state firmly and publicly that it is true or exists. [FORMAL] [V that] The European Community has repeatedly affirmed that… …

    English dictionary

  • 16affirm — 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 …

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