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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 Wildlife officers worked throughout the night and into the morning to process the scene, looking for evidence to corroborate that the incident was a wildlife attack. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Tragic': Durango, Colorado, woman killed in apparent bear attack after taking her dogs for a walk," 2 May 2021 Donald’s attorney, Casey White, told a Pittsburgh radio station Friday that his client did not assault a man, and that there was video evidence and five witnesses so far to corroborate the story. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Assault victim’s attorney apologizes for mistaking assailant for Rams’ Aaron Donald," 16 Apr. 2021 The prosecution maintained that Chauvin's conduct, which was contrary to department policy, killed Floyd, and the attorneys brought forth a multitude of medical experts to corroborate their claims. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Defense begins case in Chauvin trial and summons officer who arrested George Floyd in the past," 13 Apr. 2021 His wife, a Warrensville Heights woman staying at the Extended Stay North, was unable to provide any hospital documents to corroborate his story, and he was turned over to Bainbridge police on one of the warrants. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cancel that fabricated dialysis appointment: Orange Police Blotter," 6 Mar. 2021 Investigators were unable to corroborate accusations in 2018 by Senate Democrats that Dr. Jackson crashed a government vehicle after becoming intoxicated at a going-away party for a Secret Service agent. New York Times, "Congressman Harassed Staff and Got Drunk as White House Doctor, Watchdog Says," 3 Mar. 2021 The impeachment math could still turn decisively if the harassment inquiry (or others) can corroborate existing allegations or surface new ones. New York Times, "Andrew Cuomo’s White-Knuckle Ride," 13 Apr. 2021 The network’s defense of the segment also caught the attention of the Washington Post, with media critic Erik Wemple concluding the show could have done more to either corroborate or dispel the accusations against DeSantis. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "60 Minutes slammed for repeating defense of 'deceptively edited' DeSantis segment," 12 Apr. 2021 These findings corroborate other studies that show morning contemplation broadens our perspective and reverses negative internal thoughts such as self-doubt and insecurity. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, "This One Quick Morning Habit Makes You A Better Leader, New Study Says," 8 Apr. 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for corroborate

corroborate

verb

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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