AskDefine | Define affirm

Dictionary Definition



1 establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" [syn: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support] [ant: negate]
2 to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent" [syn: verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear]
3 say yes to

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
    She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.
  2. To support or encourage
    They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.


Extensive Definition

Affirmation is a declaration that something is true. It also has various meanings within the domains of personal development, psychology, healthcare and prayer. The word can refer to several things:

See also

affirm in Polish: Afirmacja

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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