Confirm

Definition of Confirm

Con`firm´
v. t.1.To make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish; as, health is confirmed by exercise.
[imp. & p. p. Confrmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Confirming.]
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.

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