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

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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the study’s warning—that global temperature rise is worsening—is corroborated by those who disagree with the framing of its results. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Politicians and criminals often protected one another; corroborating witnesses were usually reluctant to testify. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 The filing cited no proof, but said documents in the divorce corroborated these allegations. Katrina Kaufman, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2024 According to court documents, Sharon is listed as a witness who can corroborate allegations of abuse. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 The findings, however, were corroborated by autopsies of those who had been infected with COVID before death. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 24 Jan. 2024 If that circumstance is corroborated by the medical examiner, the case will be taken over by the California Highway Patrol. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 There is no corroborating physical evidence, no surveillance videos, and no eyewitnesses of any part of the encounter. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 According to a summary report released by subcommittee Republicans on Saturday, Collins corroborated that the 6-feet-apart social distancing recommendation promoted by public health officials during the pandemic was not based on scientific data. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2024 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

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Cite this Entry

“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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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