corroborate

verb

cor·​rob·​o·​rate kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce corroborate (audio)
corroborated; corroborating

transitive verb

: to support with evidence or authority : make more certain
corroboration noun
corroborative
kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce corroborate (audio)
-ˈrä-b(ə-)rə-
adjective
corroborator noun
corroboratory 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

Example Sentences

Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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
Recent Examples on the Web Michaela Schleicher, who teaches AP Government and Politics at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Neb., where students took part in a Stanford University study on ways to corroborate information online. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Lawyers who are citing the cutdown in unrelated federal lawsuits haven’t ever called him to corroborate the claims. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, 27 Oct. 2022 Attorney Fred Thiagarajah, who represents the former church youth group leader, said Ocampo would have been the star witness who could corroborate the testimony of victims and provide context for the prosecutor’s case. Brian Melley, ajc, 4 June 2022 Kylie Galloway, a spokeswoman for the Guinness World Records, told The Washington Post in an email that the world-records organization had made contact with the British government to help corroborate numbers. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 Witnesses and videos corroborate that the teenage girl stayed still while her mom screamed. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 30 Sep. 2022 An English nurse, Lib Wright (Pugh), is invited to watch Anna for 14 days and ensure that no food is being secretly passed to her by her parents; her discoveries will either corroborate or debunk this potential miracle. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Prosecutors also used cellphone billing records to corroborate Wilds’ testimony and to show that Syed had been in the area of the park where Lee, 18, was buried. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2022 The findings corroborate what researchers have seen in mouse models and petri dish experiments, but there's much more to learn about how EV-D68 causes AFM in rare cases. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corroborate was in 1529

Dictionary Entries Near corroborate

Cite this Entry

“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

corroborate

verb

cor·​rob·​o·​rate kə-ˈräb-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce corroborate (audio)
corroborated; corroborating
: to support with evidence or authority
corroborated my brother's story
corroboration noun
corroborative
-ˈräb-ə-ˌrāt-iv How to pronounce corroborate (audio)
-ˈräb-(ə-)rət-iv
adjective
corroborator noun
corroboratory adjective

Legal Definition

corroborate

transitive verb

cor·​rob·​o·​rate kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce corroborate (audio)
corroborated; corroborating
: to support with evidence or authority : strengthen or make more certain
corroboration noun
corroborative 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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