V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to formally declare as true; 2. to say yes or agree to something; 3. to confirm something as valid; 4. to establish or strengthen with facts or evidence

Synonyms: attest, avow, declare, validate, confirm, vouch, certify

Antonyms: deny, refute, debate

Tips: Affirm is derived from the Latin firm, "strong." Think of making a firm statement. When you affirm something, you are firmly and strongly proclaiming it to be true. An affirmation is a declaration, usually a positive confirmation. Self-help experts suggest you state daily affirmations to help you think and feel positive. Affirm is related to the words assert, aver, attest, and avow. See a detailed analysis of these words at attest.

Usage Examples:

The committee affirmed its unanimous support for the proposal. (confirmed, declared)

Jim's therapist advised him to repeat the affirmation, "I am a good person," several times a day. (declaration) noun

I won't be able to affirm whether his statements were true until I hear from the witnesses. (certify, confirm)

The animal rescue group has affirmed its commitment to saving the lives of lost and homeless pets. (declared, avowed)

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