corroborate

verb
cor·​rob·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \ noun
corroborative \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce corroborate (audio) , -​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective
corroborator \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \ noun
corroboratory \ kə-​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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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Recent Examples on the Web Lester has unearthed a newspaper account of a home run Mays hit in 1948, but has not been able to corroborate it with a box score from the game. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "How baseball historians are coming together to add Negro Leagues stats to MLB history," 18 Dec. 2020 But the Democrat-Gazette learned that Beckham’s family had filed a lawsuit over his expulsion, and documents from that case largely corroborate the classmate’s recollections. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "A GOP state Senate candidate was expelled from high school for wearing a KKK outfit on Halloween," 23 Oct. 2020 Investigators believe he may have been shot earlier in the morning nearby on Grove Street, where police received a report of shots fired and two cars speeding off but initially could not corroborate the report. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Meriden police seek public’s help identifying suspect in Sunday morning murder," 9 Oct. 2020 Dobbs paused, briefly, and then lambasted Barr for having told the Associated Press earlier in the day that the Justice Department had found no evidence to corroborate Trump’s claims of election theft. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "William Barr’s Break with Donald Trump," 5 Dec. 2020 Reporters witnessed some abuses firsthand and reviewed police reports, complaints made to labor unions, videos and photos smuggled out of plantations and local media stories to corroborate accounts wherever possible. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell, chicagotribune.com, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Ball also said the internal investigation didn’t turn up any witnesses or evidence that could corroborate the claim that anyone had brandished a firearm at the club. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Records: Baltimore Police officer charged with DUI after being found lying ‘in vomit’. His off-duty gun went missing," 14 Oct. 2020 Nominations like Blinken’s corroborate the Biden-Harris administration’s expected hard pivot back to multilateralism and alliance-building, much needed after four years of zero-sum foreign policy and nationalist chest-thumping. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy," 25 Nov. 2020 Detectives say Little, who confessed to 93 murders and has been dubbed the country’s most prolific serial killer, admitted to both cases and there’s enough evidence to corroborate his claims. David Ovalle, sun-sentinel.com, "Serial killer Samuel Little confesses to murder that once sent innocent man to prison," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for corroborate

corroborate

verb
How to pronounce corroborate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of corroborate

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

corroborate

verb
cor·​rob·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \ noun
corroborative \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv, -​rə-​tiv How to pronounce corroborate (audio) \ 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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