affirm Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
substantiate; support; confirm; corroborate; sustain.
- his story confirmed my doubts
- The evidence supports the defendant
verb to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
avow; verify; swan; assert; swear; aver.
- Before God I swear I am innocent
verb say yes to
Af*firm" transitive verb
- To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; esp.
(Law), to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appelate court for review.
To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; -- opposed to deny.
Jesus, . . . whom Paul affirmed to be alive. Acts xxv. 19.
(Law) To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial sanction. See Affirmation, 4. Syn. -- To assert; aver; declare; asseverate; assure; pronounce; protest; avouch; confirm; establish; ratify. -- To Affirm, Asseverate, Aver, Protest. We affirm when we declare a thing as a fact or a proposition. We asseverate it in a peculiarly earnest manner, or with increased positiveness as what can not be disputed. We aver it, or formally declare it to be true, when we have positive knowledge of it. We protest in a more public manner and with the energy of perfect sincerity. People asseverate in order to produce a conviction of their veracity; they aver when they are peculiarly desirous to be believed; they protest when they wish to free themselves from imputations, or to produce a conviction of their innocence.
Af*firm" intransitive verb
To declare or assert positively.
Not that I so affirm, though so it seem To thee, who hast thy dwelling here on earth. Milton.
(Law) To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to testify by affirmation.