What's the difference between "to confirm" and "to verify"?
I don't think that these words can be used interchangeably. These words are similar, but are usually used in different ways. To verify something usually means being able to provide convincing evidence that it is true. When something is to be verified, there is usually some doubt as to whether it is actually true. To confirm something usually means providing some additional evidence that it is true. When something is to be confirmed, it is usually already believed to be true.
Confirm means that the truth is there and you double check. Verify means that you doubt something is 100% true, so you double check.
Verification requires external evidence.
Confirmation requires a re-issuance of a believed statement.
Sometimes, one may trust a third party to obtain and review the evidence required for a verification, which could lead to both word choices being valid.
These are synonyms that can mostly be used interchangeably to mean "establish the truth of a thing." Nevertheless, confirm also has the additional meanings of to affirm and to ratify or authorize. Verify can also mean to test something's validity.
Pretty much same. It is matter of personal history of how the word has been received. Confirm sounds more official to me.
protected by tchrist♦ Mar 1 '15 at 19:17
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