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 corroboration (audio) \ noun
corroborative \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce corroborative (audio) , -​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective
corroborator \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce corroborator (audio) \ noun
corroboratory \ kə-​ˈrä-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce corroboratory (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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 The skeletons corroborate other evidence indicating the animals were revered as deities by Iron Age Britons. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hares and Chickens Were Revered as Gods—Not Food—in Ancient Britain," 13 Apr. 2020 While the reports led some stars, including Jay Leno and Katy Perry, to defend DeGeneres, The Hollywood Reporter was able to corroborate the initial Buzzfeed story's allegations of an unpleasant working environment with former employees. Katie Kilkenny, Billboard, "'Ellen DeGeneres Show' to Address Toxic Culture Reports in Season 18 Premiere," 8 Sep. 2020 That does corroborate with the timeline for production set out in a July filing -- and to be fair, lots of people’s plans have changed this year. Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg.com, "Nikola’s History of Discrepancies Has Been in Plain Sight," 8 Sep. 2020 According to People, three of Hilton's former classmates corroborate her story in the documentary, sharing their own stories of abuse as well. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Paris Hilton Breaks Silence Over Abuse She Claims She Experienced at Boarding School," 22 Aug. 2020 The department notes that some witnesses claim Brown never put his hands in the car — but said those testimonies do not corroborate physical and forensic evidence. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "No charges against officer who fatally shot Michael Brown," 30 July 2020 The court statement also says there was no biological evidence found by police to corroborate or refute the woman's claims. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police officer charged with sexually assaulting handcuffed woman," 25 June 2020 No detail was sufficiently singular or memorable to corroborate with a witness. Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, "To Recover Mother," 25 Aug. 2020 Put in pairs to corroborate each other’s results, the dogs got close-to-perfect scores. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Disease-Sniffing Dogs Save the World’s Citrus?," 3 Feb. 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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“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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 corroboration (audio) \ noun
corroborative \ kə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv, -​rə-​tiv How to pronounce corroborative (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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