Adjective "affirm" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


State emphatically or publicly.
  1. with clause 'they affirmed that policies were to be judged by their contribution to social justice'
  2. 'The new citizens promised to uphold British values and either affirmed or swore to ‘be faithful to Her Majesty, her heirs and successors according to law’.'
  3. 'Individuals or ensembles therefore look for those signs of achievement in order to affirm their own sense of mission and purpose.'
  4. 'The writer talked about her struggles to publicly affirm spiritual values in a culture that is deeply cynical.'
  5. 'In this way, he publicly affirmed his restored links with the left-wing, experts said.'
  6. 'What interests me is that these women affirmed work as the integral definer of their identity.'
  7. 'Both Bush and Allawi affirmed on Thursday that elections would be held as promised.'
  8. 'He was careful to proclaim his allegiance to President Karzai, and affirmed that he would send more money to the center if they needed it.'
  9. 'We are peace-loving people and we do not let others suppress us, he said, affirming the policies of the government.'
  10. 'Labor's foreign policy affirms that engagement with Asia must always be at the forefront of our diplomacy.'
  11. 'It was a beautiful ritual that allowed me to publicly affirm the vows that I had sworn so many years before.'
  12. 'It supported the proposal to foster more regeneration - provided it allows for sensitive re-use of historic buildings - but affirmed its support for locally distinctive new developments.'
  13. 'The statement affirmed the two countries' willingness to maintain their diplomatic, economic and military ties.'
  14. 'Dean has explained that he was just trying to mirror and affirm the enthusiasm of his supporters who were in that room in Iowa.'
  15. 'By 1996, all member states had affirmed their support to the adoption of national legislation or other suitable measures to give effect to the principles of the code.'
  16. 'On campus they have affirmed the equality of women, invited lay people to peer and team ministry, accepted homosexuals and allowed them to have their own voice.'
  17. 'As part of the message, he affirmed the team's support for the struggle of the tribal people for dignity, respect and liberty.'
  18. 'When will we be able to celebrate it and affirm it and support it?'
  19. 'Such status also supports the photograph's definition as object, thus affirming its artistic value through a disassociation with traditional photographs, both fine art and commercial.'
  20. 'You affirm justice and uphold the idea of higher forces being in control.'
  21. 'She nodded, as if agreeing with herself would affirm her words.'
  22. 'the Court of Appeal affirmed a decision of the High Court'
  23. 'Judgment in favor of patentee respecting validity issues was affirmed on interlocutory appeal, in suit against the parent.'
  24. 'The difficulty for the applicant is that he has been unable to point to any errors of law in the judgment of the federal magistrate or, indeed, in the judgment of the Justice, which affirmed the federal magistrate's decisions.'
  25. 'he refused to take the oath but chose simply to affirm on being admitted to the Privy Council'
  26. 'Perhaps, Madam Interpreter, rather than affirming or swearing you, it may be sufficient for the moment if you would explain to the applicant that I propose to send the case of him and his wife to the Federal Court.'
  27. 'Now, Mr Translator, you had better be sworn or affirmed, I think.'
Offer (someone) emotional support or encouragement.
  1. 'good teachers know that students need to be both affirmed and challenged'
  2. 'The young people grow in their ability to apply their faith and are empowered and affirmed as valuable contributors to the life of their church and community.'
  3. 'Labor that does not affirm humans and, instead, reduces them to objects for manipulation, is a form of oppression.'
  4. 'She has a current beau who affirms himself by aggressive initiation of sexual interaction.'
  5. 'If we are to have one voice as an industry, we must regularly convene to affirm our existence and work together to fulfill our mission.'
  6. 'The content celebrates and affirms the lives of people with disabilities.'
  7. 'We'll greet them with a clear soul and with a composure that affirms the dignity of life and unites suffering and knowledge.'
  8. 'Feeling unwanted and unloved most of her childhood and adult life, Sweetie had to find a way to affirm an existence for herself where she was valued.'
  9. 'This "advance care planning" allows us to affirm life and accept death, when imminent.'

More definitions

1. to state or assert positively; maintain as true: to affirm one's loyalty to one's country; He affirmed that all was well.

2. to confirm or ratify: The appellate court affirmed the judgment of the lower court.

3. to assert solemnly: He affirmed his innocence.

4. to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support: to affirm human rights. verb (used without object)

5. Law. to state something solemnly before a court or magistrate, but without oath.

More examples(as adjective)

"resolutions can be affirm."


Middle English (in the sense ‘make firm’): via Old French from Latin affirmare, from ad- ‘to’ + firmus ‘strong’.