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From Middle English affirmen, affermen, 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”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈfɝm/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈfɜːm/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
- To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
- She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.
- To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
- To support or encourage.
- They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.
- 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.
to agree with or verify
to support or encourage
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