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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 But prosecutors could not find a witness to corroborate her allegation, and dropped her charges. Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2023 Virtually no Western officials or experts expect Russia to produce, during the weeklong gathering, facts that corroborate the accusations. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2022 This detail seems to corroborate reports that the iPhone 14 launch event will take place on September 7th this year. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Aug. 2022 In the years since, both American and international investigation has seemed to corroborate the findings. Madeleine Watts, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 There was also all the evidence to corroborate Renee's account. Gayane Keshishyan Mendez, CBS News, 10 Feb. 2023 City emails obtained by USA TODAY appear to corroborate that. Will Carless, USA Today, 31 Dec. 2022 Based on the prediction, the fiery streaks in the sky over Montana appear to corroborate that timing. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 17 July 2022 The Pentagon’s assessment of Russian deployments appeared to corroborate what Ukrainian officials were saying. New York Times, 6 Apr. 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 28 Mar. 2023.

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
Etymology

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

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