corroborate

verb
cor·​rob·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \
corroborated; corroborating

Definition of corroborate 

transitive verb

: to support with evidence or authority : make more certain

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Other Words from corroborate

corroboration \kə-​ˌrä-​bə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun
corroborative \kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv, -​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective
corroborator \kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun
corroboratory \kə-​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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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

Examples of corroborate in a Sentence

Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 Evidence like this is rarely conclusive, but it can help police corroborate testimony … — David Fisher, Hard Evidence, 1995 … 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 the witnesses corroborated the policeman's testimony my personal experience does not corroborate your faith in the essential goodness of people
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There was no way to corroborate the Saudi account, which paints the suspects as rogue operators. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Shifting Saudi account of writer’s death confirms key parts," 23 Oct. 2018 Additionally concerning are the reports that multiple people from Kavanaugh's high school and college circles who have stepped up to corroborate his accusers allegations have not been able to reach the FBI. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The FBI Says It's Investigating Brett Kavanaugh—But Is It Going to Make Any Difference?," 1 Oct. 2018 Experts interviewed by IndyStar said the investigation was flawed because investigators did not contact Hill and any efforts to corroborate alleged victims' statements appeared to be minimal. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 Former GBI Special Agent Samuel Beaty, who interviewed Vaughn in 2008, testified Monday that he was largely unmoved by his story and unable to corroborate any of his accusations. Christian Boone, ajc, "Old doubts quashed, new ones raised as cold case killing goes to jury," 25 June 2018 Sponsor may take all steps necessary to corroborate any information provided to Sponsor by the potential Winner and potential Winner will be obligated to provide necessary information to assist Sponsor with the background check. CNN, "OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS," 12 June 2018 As a witness, McCabe would be in a position to corroborate the testimony of the former FBI director, James Comey, who kept contemporaneous notes on his conversations with Trump. Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI’s McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire," 17 Mar. 2018 In the 1980s, there were no tools and very little language to identify or corroborate assault. Vanessa Grigoriadis, Glamour, "Read This Before Asking Why Christine Blasey Ford Waited To Tell Her Brett Kavanaugh Story," 18 Sep. 2018 Kheda Saratova, one of those overseeing the repatriation program, corroborated Madina’s account. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of corroborate

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corroborate

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

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corroborate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corroborate

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

corroborate

verb
cor·​rob·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \
corroborated; corroborating

Kids Definition of corroborate

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

corroborate

transitive verb
cor·​rob·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt \
corroborated; corroborating

Legal Definition of corroborate 

: to support with evidence or authority : strengthen or make more certain

Other Words from corroborate

corroboration \kə-​ˌrä-​bə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun
corroborative \kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv, -​rə-​tiv \ adjective

History and Etymology for corroborate

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

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