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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: affirm /əˈfɜrm/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyaffirm
he/she/itaffirms
present participleaffirming
past tenseaffirmed
past participleaffirmed
  1. 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 senator affirmed that she would support our proposal.

  2. 2
    formal to support something or make it stronger

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

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