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 for affirm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affirm \Af*firm"\ ([a^]f*f[~e]rm"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Affirmed (-f[~e]rmd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Affirming.] [OE.
     affermen, OF. afermer, F. affirmer, affermir, fr. L.
     affirmare; ad + firmare to make firm, firmus firm. See
     Firm.]
     1. To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; esp. (Law), to assert
        or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought
        before an appellate court for review.
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     2. To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to
        maintain as true; -- opposed to deny.
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              Jesus, . . . whom Paul affirmed to be alive. --Acts
                                                    xxv. 19.
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     3. (Law) To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial
        sanction. See Affirmation, 4.
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     Syn: To assert; aver; declare; asseverate; assure; pronounce;
          protest; avouch; confirm; establish; ratify.
  
     Usage: To Affirm, Asseverate, Aver, Protest. We
            affirm when we declare a thing as a fact or a
            proposition. We asseverate it in a peculiarly earnest
            manner, or with increased positiveness as what can not
            be disputed. We aver it, or formally declare it to be
            true, when we have positive knowledge of it. We
            protest in a more public manner and with the energy of
            perfect sincerity. People asseverate in order to
            produce a conviction of their veracity; they aver when
            they are peculiarly desirous to be believed; they
            protest when they wish to free themselves from
            imputations, or to produce a conviction of their
            innocence.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affirm \Af*firm"\, v. i.
     1. To declare or assert positively.
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              Not that I so affirm, though so it seem
              To thee, who hast thy dwelling here on earth.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized
        magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to
        testify by affirmation.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  affirm
      v 1: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his
           story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the
           defendant" [syn: confirm, corroborate, sustain,
           substantiate, support, affirm] [ant: contradict,
           negate]
      2: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before
         God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify,
         assert, avow, aver, swan, swear]
      3: say yes to

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  122 Moby Thesaurus words for "affirm":
     OK, accept, accredit, acknowledge, allege, amen, announce,
     annunciate, approve, argue, assert, assever, asseverate, attest,
     authenticate, authorize, autograph, aver, avouch, avow, back,
     back up, bear out, bear witness, bolster, buttress, certify,
     circumstantiate, confess, confirm, contend, corroborate, cosign,
     countersign, declare, declare roundly, depone, depose, disclose,
     document, endorse, enunciate, express, express the belief, fortify,
     give evidence, give notice, give permission, give the go-ahead,
     give the imprimatur, give thumbs up, guarantee, have, hold,
     initial, insist, issue a manifesto, issue a statement, lay down,
     maintain, make a statement, make an announcement, manifesto,
     notarize, nuncupate, pass, pass on, pass upon, permit, predicate,
     probate, proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest, prove,
     publish a manifesto, put, put it, quote, ratify, recite, reinforce,
     relate, report, rubber stamp, sanction, say, say amen to, seal,
     second, set down, sign, sign and seal, speak, speak out, speak up,
     stand for, stand on, state, strengthen, submit, subscribe to,
     substantiate, support, sustain, swear, swear and affirm, swear to,
     testify, undergird, undersign, underwrite, uphold, validate,
     verify, visa, vise, vouch, vow, warrant, witness
  
  

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