bear out


bore out; borne out also born out; bearing out; bears out

transitive verb

: confirm, substantiate
a theory borne out by data

Examples of bear out in a Sentence

the newly discovered papers bore out the rumors about the president's personal life
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bear out was in the 15th century

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“Bear out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

bear out

: confirm sense 4
the facts bore out her story
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