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Definition of the verb affirm

What does affirm mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: affirmed | affirming | affirms

  1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  2. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    • example: They affirm that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authority
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): admit, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, claim, confirm, contend, discover, grant, guarantee, maintain, observe, reaffirm, show.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of affirm: assert / aver / avow / swan / swear / verify
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific words:
      • hold = assert or affirm
      • claim / take = lay claim to
      • attest = authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
      • declare = state firmly
      • protest = affirm or avow formally or solemnly
      • assure / tell = inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  3. say yes to

Alternative definition of the verb affirm


  1. To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
  2. To support or encourage

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Google previewBarclay's English Dictionary. With which is incorporated a complete modern gazetteer, a beautiful atlas of maps and also a pronouncing dictionary (1815)

by James Barclay (Curate of Edmonton.)

[from pradict, to affirm, Lat.] ...

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Usage statistics about affirm

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb affirm:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb affirm and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about affirm

The artist has one function -- to affirm and glorify life. (W. Edward Brown)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4I1R1M3

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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