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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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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The school will also provide documentation, some of which was already contained in the records release, that attempts to corroborate NCAA (and university) findings. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 There is evidence to corroborate this: Young people aren’t buying houses, and more and more people are becoming renters. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 2018 Not every accusation in the letter could be corroborated. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange jail officers disciplined after investigation reveals email misuse, improper relationships," 10 Feb. 2018 Other work has corroborated the idea of distinct decision-making processes that are not all vulnerable to sunk cost. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Why It’s So Hard to Junk Bad Decisions—Edging Closer to Understanding “Sunk Cost”," 12 July 2018 The latest report corroborates that rumor but says the latter model will also feature noise cancellation. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Report: New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019," 25 June 2018 This corroborates the findings of four independent forensic reports previously submitted to the court that also showed he did not have the app. Salil Shetty, Time, "Today I Visited My Turkish Colleague in Prison. Erdogan’s Crackdown Must Stop," 20 June 2018 The final point corroborates a statement Tesla made a week after the accident. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Driver was not steering and Tesla set to Autopilot did not brake before fatal crash, feds say," 7 June 2018 Keri Thompson and Detective Nicholas DiGuadio from the department's Special Victims Division, both of whom have long been involved in tracking down Weinstein's accusers and corroborating their accounts. Author: Benjamin Mueller, Alan Feuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Charged with rape, Weinstein posts $1 million bail and surrenders passport," 25 May 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

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

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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

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