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

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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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
Recent Examples on the Web To corroborate his account, prosecutors presented cell phone records and expert witness testimony to place Syed at the site where Lee was buried. Jenn Selva And Steve Almasy, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 As part of the scheme, Senerth created bogus college transcripts, letters and email accounts to corroborate his lies, officials said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 24 Feb. 2022 Earlier on Tuesday, Songz filed an explosive allegation against Mitchell, accusing her of trying to pay a witness to corroborate Jeffries’ accusations against Songz. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2022 Investigators also held interviews with two sources to corroborate evidence from the crime scene. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2022 There was nothing in my file to corroborate any of it. Laura Coates, Rolling Stone, 19 Jan. 2022 Now, with satellite companies collecting publicly available data on a daily basis, investigators can corroborate key events quickly and follow their progression in greater detail than ever before, Herman said. NBC News, 3 May 2022 At least 11 witnesses corroborate his story, but prosecutors said Camm raced home, committed the crimes and returned to the game. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2022 Other research results showing the top 10 U.S. universities that produced tech staff in 2020 corroborate our findings with the inclusion of schools such as the University of Southern California and Arizona State University at Tempe. Vivek Ravisankar, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for corroborate

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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