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From Middle English, from Old French afermer, affermer, from Latin affirmare, adfirmare (to present as fixed, aver, affirm), from ad (to) + firmare (to make firm), from firmus (firm).



affirm (third-person singular simple present affirms, present participle affirming, simple past and past participle affirmed)

  1. To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
    She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.
  2. To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
    • Bible, Acts xxv. 19
      Jesus, [] whom Paul affirmed to be alive
  3. To support or encourage.
    They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.
  4. To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; especially (law) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review.


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