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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 Subsequent twin studies, including one performed with U.K. data by the Dunedin team, corroborated these findings of no relationship between marijuana use and a falling IQ. Godfrey Pearlson, Scientific American, "Marijuana May Not Lower Your IQ," 7 May 2020 The complaint also provides a road map for corroborating witnesses, which will complicate the president’s effort to characterize the findings as those of a lone partisan out to undermine him. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Denver Post, "Whistleblower: Trump abused power, White House tried to “lock down” call details," 26 Sep. 2019 Police were still looking for any security camera footage or corroborating accounts from neighbors of what took place at 6 p.m.. In the meantime, special patrols were ordered. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "“Steak-out” nabs a few crooks, scofflaws: Orange Police Blotter," 13 Sep. 2019 But in some ways, the absence of much other corroborating evidence may lead to a more pure test of genetic genealogy’s potential. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method," 17 June 2019 Despite other players and the referee being in the immediate vicinity, there are zero corroborating witnesses – as confirmed by the NFL. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Mike Tomlin on ESPN’s Myles Garrett interview: ‘We were hacked off at what we saw; Mason Rudolph needed to be defended aggressively'," 17 Feb. 2020 None of them reported the attacks to the police at the time, and there is little physical or forensic evidence to support their claims, beyond photographs of the defendant that are being used to corroborate their descriptions of his body. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Key Question in Weinstein Trial: ‘Do You Believe the Women?’," 10 Feb. 2020 The data would be used to corroborate prior doping cases, and ensure that the Russian athletes who’d been allowed to compete after the Sochi scandal was uncovered were actually clean. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In latest farce, International Olympic officials again favoring Russia over clean athletes," 9 Dec. 2019 The story has lit up social media, with multiple former Oregon Project athletes such as two-time Olympian Kara Goucher corroborating Cain’s account of the Oregon Project’s culture of demeaning female athletes. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Female Connecticut athletes, coaches reflect on Mary Cain and the culture of the now-defunct Oregon Project, weight issues and performance," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of corroborate was in 1529

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22 May 2020

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“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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