confirm

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From Middle English, from Old French confermer, from Latin confirmāre (to make firm, strenghten, establish), from com- (together) with firmare (to make firm), from firmus (firm).

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confirm (third-person singular simple present confirms, present participle confirming, simple past and past participle confirmed)

  1. To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.
  2. (transitive, Christianity) To administer the sacrament of confirmation on (someone).
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
      Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII, was baptized and confirmed at the age of three days.
  3. To assure the accuracy of previous statements.

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