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corroborate

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verb cor·rob·o·rate \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of corroborate

  • : to support or help prove (a statement, theory, etc.) by providing information or evidence

Full Definition of corroborate

cor·rob·o·rat·edcor·rob·o·rat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to support with evidence or authority :  make more certain

cor·rob·o·ra·tion play \-ˌrä-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
cor·rob·o·ra·tive play \-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈrä-b(ə-)rə-\ adjective
cor·rob·o·ra·tor play \-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry play \-ˈrä-b(ə-)rə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of corroborate

  1. Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results. Studies that are right will be corroborated by other good studies. —Harriet Hall, Skeptic, 2007

  2. Evidence like this is rarely conclusive, but it can help police corroborate testimony … —David Fisher, Hard Evidence, 1995

  3. … the great Dr. Woodruff … corroborated my doctor's belief that my two infections had been resolved … —James Thurber, 7 Mar. 1946, in Selected Letters Of James Thurber, (1980) 1981

  4. <the witnesses corroborated the policeman's testimony>

  5. <my personal experience does not corroborate your faith in the essential goodness of people>



Origin of corroborate

Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare, from com- + robor-, robur strength


First Known Use: 1529

Synonym Discussion of corroborate

confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authenticate, validate mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact <confirmed the reports>. corroborate suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established <witnesses corroborated his story>. substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention <the claims have yet to be substantiated>. verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at <all statements of fact in the article have been verified>. authenticate implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion <handwriting experts authenticated the diaries>. validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof <validated the hypothesis by experiments>.

Rhymes with corroborate

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