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affirm

af·firm

affirm

 
 
pronunciation:
frm
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: affirmed, affirming, affirms
definition 1: to declare or maintain as true.
The expert affirmed that the fingerprints were identical.
synonyms:
assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, state
antonyms:
contradict, deny, negate, negative
similar words:
acknowledge, allege, asseverate, attest, avouch, certify, predicate, profess, pronounce, protest, say, swear, testify
definition 2: to ratify or confirm.
The party has affirmed his nomination as its candidate for the presidency.
synonyms:
approve
antonyms:
negate, negative
similar words:
accept, confirm, endorse, ratify, seal, sustain, validate
derivation: affirming (adj.)
Word Parts
The word affirm contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
firm Latin root that means make firm; support
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi