Definition of confirmation in English:



  • 1The action of confirming something or the state of being confirmed.

    ‘Sylvia received official confirmation of the instructorship’
    • ‘But he did so some time after his department had received formal written confirmation of the fact.’
    • ‘We still haven't received the mortgage confirmation, which is both worrying and irritating.’
    • ‘It's reassuring to receive confirmation that I am not completely misguided.’
    • ‘But we have no official confirmation of what that neighboring structure just might be.’
    • ‘It could be as long as 48 hours before health officials get official confirmation that the two have the plague, he said.’
    • ‘We received a letter of confirmation to this effect over the weekend.’
    • ‘For now, airlines are trying to do this by training thousands of additional workers to recognize legitimate ticket confirmations or ways to search suitcases.’
    • ‘The family here may hold some sort of a press conference later today when they get official confirmation of all of that.’
    • ‘They are inductivists who seek positive confirmations.’
    • ‘We're waiting on official confirmation that she did indeed leave this route and it's incredible.’
    • ‘Only last week I received confirmation from the council that planning permission had, in fact, been granted.’
    • ‘But he has not yet received confirmation of his place in the 12-hour race.’
    • ‘He received confirmation local authority houses were being built in Onion's Field.’
    • ‘The existence of side letters may be difficult to ascertain, but if the risk is there, sending out confirmations to customers may really be the only way.’
    • ‘After many attempts to verify this relationship, neither confirmations nor denials could be found, only information to evoke laughter and disbelief.’
    • ‘The Netherlands has 14 confirmations of the virus.’
    • ‘You will be informed if you cannot enter the system, if it is too busy, and you will receive confirmation when the sale goes through.’
    • ‘‘The worst is when we have to go out and do death confirmations,’ she says.’
    • ‘At the time of writing, no official explanation or confirmation of the circumstances under which he passed away had been made.’
    • ‘Once accreditation is approved, media will receive confirmation via e-mail.’
    corroboration, verification, proof, testimony, endorsement, authentication, substantiation, justification, vindication, support, evidence
    ratification, approval, authorization, validation, sanction, endorsement, formalization, certification, accreditation, recognition, acceptance
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  • 2(in the Christian Church) the rite at which a baptized person, especially one baptized as an infant, affirms Christian belief and is admitted as a full member of the church.

    • ‘Parents are asked to encourage the children who received confirmation on April 1 to give it serious thought.’
    • ‘The jail may be his favorite place to do confirmations.’
    • ‘This especially applies to the parents of the boys and girls who received confirmation in the parish on April 1.’
    • ‘From Barnashrone and Ballyfin schools, 46 children will receive their confirmation.’
    • ‘Important occasions like births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths were carefully recorded in their big black family bibles.’
    • ‘Don't forget we accept orders for all special occasions (communions, birthdays, confirmations and stations).’
    • ‘Birthdays are always celebrated, and christenings and confirmations are celebrated with large parties.’
    • ‘Local priests hold religious services and perform baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.’
    • ‘This will stop them inviting you to baptisms, communions, confirmations, funerals and possibly even weddings.’
    • ‘However he declined, feeling awkward at events requiring physical contact, such as graduations or confirmations.’
    • ‘Members attend ritual events such as baptisms, confirmations, wedding ceremonies, and funerals and major religious events such as Christmas and Easter.’
    • ‘It means that we are always having to think of how people can park when they attend events such as confirmations and baptisms.’
    1. 2.1The Jewish ceremony of bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.
      • ‘The first time a Jewish confirmation was conducted seems to have been in the modern Jewish school in Dessau in 1803.’
      • ‘Jewish confirmation includes boys and girls and was developed to extend a young person's Jewish education later into their teen years.’
      • ‘At the age of thirteen, he had a traditional Jewish confirmation which was soon followed by an interest in Catholicism.’
      • ‘Liberal and Reform synagogues have abandoned their erstwhile preference for confirmation over Bar and Batmitzvah.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin confirmatio(n-), from confirmare make firm, establish (see confirm).