affirm


affirm
UK [əˈfɜː(r)m] / US [əˈfɜrm] verb [transitive]
Word forms "affirm":
present tense I/you/we/they affirm he/she/it affirms present participle affirming past tense affirmed past participle affirmed
1) formal to state that something is true or that you agree with it, especially in public

The school affirmed its commitment to its students.

affirm (that):

The minister affirmed that she would support any pro-European policy.

2) formal to support something or make it stronger

The company chose a name that would affirm its French identity.

3) formal to show respect for and approval of someone, especially in public
4) legal to promise to tell the truth in a court of law

English dictionary. 2014.

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