affirm Definition

  • 1state as a fact; assert strongly and publicly
  • 2offer (someone) emotional support or encouragement
  • 3declare one's support for; uphold or defend

Using affirm: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "affirm" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He affirmed his innocence in the face of accusations.

  • Example

    She affirmed her commitment to the cause.

  • Example

    The court affirmed the lower court's decision.

  • Example

    I affirm that I will do my best to help you.

affirm Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for affirm

Phrases with affirm

  • a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities


    The university has a program of affirmative action to increase the number of minority students.

  • self-affirmation

    the process of reminding oneself of one's values, strengths, and accomplishments


    She practiced self-affirmation by writing down positive affirmations about herself every day.

  • a sentence that states a fact or makes a declaration


    An example of an affirmative sentence is 'The sky is blue.'

Origins of affirm

from Latin 'affirmare', from 'ad-' (to) + 'firmare' (make firm)


Summary: affirm in Brief

To 'affirm' [əˈfɜːm] means to state something as a fact, assert strongly and publicly, or offer emotional support or encouragement. It can also mean to declare one's support for, uphold, or defend something. Examples include 'He affirmed his innocence in the face of accusations' and 'The court affirmed the lower court's decision.' Phrases like 'affirmative action' and 'self-affirmation' use 'affirm' in specific contexts.