confirm vs reassert what difference

what is difference between confirm and reassert


Alternative forms

  • confirme (obsolete)


From Middle English confirmen, confermen, from Old French confermer, from Latin confirmāre (to make firm, strenghten, establish), from com- (together) + firmare (to make firm), from firmus (firm).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kənˈfɜːm/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kənˈfɝm/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
  • Hyphenation: con‧firm


confirm (third-person singular simple present confirms, present participle confirming, simple past and past participle confirmed)

  1. To strengthen; to make firm or resolute.
  2. (transitive, Christianity) To administer the sacrament of confirmation on (someone).
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
      Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII, was baptized and confirmed at the age of three days.
  3. To assure the accuracy of previous statements.


  • (strengthen): See also Thesaurus:strengthen


  • infirm
  • disconfirm
  • deny
  • dispute
  • contradict
  • question

Related terms

  • confirmability
  • confirmation


See also

  • verify
  • corroborate
  • establish
  • prove

Further reading

  • confirm in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • confirm in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • confirm at OneLook Dictionary Search



re- +‎ assert


reassert (third-person singular simple present reasserts, present participle reasserting, simple past and past participle reasserted)

  1. assert again
    • 2006, Nikki R. Keddie, Yann Richard, Modern Iran: roots and results of revolution, Yale University Press, page 120
      They were tied to a revived religious class that took advantage of the end of anticlerical despotism to reassert Islamic views and practices and to regain some of their former sociopolitical status.

Derived terms

  • reassertion



  • Resetars, asserter, rearsets, serrates, terrasse

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