corroborate

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verb cor·rob·o·rate \ kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \

Definition of corroborate

corroborated; corroborating
transitive verb
:to support with evidence or authority :make more certain

corroboration

play \kə-ˌrä-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

corroborative

play \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈrä-b(ə-)rə-\ adjective

corroborator

play \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

corroboratory

play \kə-ˈrä-b(ə-)rə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of corroborate in a Sentence

  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 Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 HallSkeptic2007
  2. Evidence like this is rarely conclusive, but it can help police corroborate testimony … —David FisherHard Evidence1995
  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

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Origin and Etymology of corroborate

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

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

CORROBORATE Defined for English Language Learners

corroborate

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Definition of corroborate for English Language Learners

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


CORROBORATE Defined for Kids

corroborate

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verb cor·rob·o·rate \ kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \

Definition of corroborate for Students

corroborated; corroborating
:to support with evidence or authority
  • Several witnesses corroborated her story.

Law Dictionary

corroborate

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transitive verb cor·rob·o·rate \ kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \

legal Definition of corroborate

corroborated; corroborating
:to support with evidence or authority :strengthen or make more certain

corroboration

play \kə-ˌrä-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

corroborative

play \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -rə-tiv\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of corroborate

Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare to strengthen, from com-, prefix marking completion + robur strength, literally, oak tree



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