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Meaning of AFFIRM

Pronunciation:  u'furm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"
  2. [v]  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
  3. [v]  say yes to

AFFIRM is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: assert, aver, avow, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain, swan, swear, verify
 Antonyms: contradict, negate
 See Also: accept, assure, attest, back, back up, claim, confirm, consent, declare, defend, demonstrate, document, establish, go for, hold, maintain, protest, prove, reaffirm, reassert, shew, show, take, tell, validate, verify, vouch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    1. To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; esp. (Law), to assert
       or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought
       before an appellate court for review.
    2. To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to
       maintain as true; -- opposed to {deny}.
             Jesus, . . . whom Paul affirmed to be alive. --Acts
                                                   xxv. 19.
    3. (Law) To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial
       sanction. See {Affirmation}, 4.
    Syn: To assert; aver; declare; asseverate; assure; pronounce;
         protest; avouch; confirm; establish; ratify.
    Usage: To {Affirm}, {Asseverate}, {Aver}, {Protest}. We
           affirm when we declare a thing as a fact or a
           proposition. We asseverate it in a peculiarly earnest
           manner, or with increased positiveness as what can not
           be disputed. We aver it, or formally declare it to be
           true, when we have positive knowledge of it. We
           protest in a more public manner and with the energy of
           perfect sincerity. People asseverate in order to
           produce a conviction of their veracity; they aver when
           they are peculiarly desirous to be believed; they
           protest when they wish to free themselves from
           imputations, or to produce a conviction of their
  2. \Af*firm"\, v. i.
    1. To declare or assert positively.
             Not that I so affirm, though so it seem To thee, who
             hast thy dwelling here on earth.      --Milton.
    2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized
       magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to
       testify by affirmation.
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