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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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 But in recent years, journalists and economists have debunked the metric: The data simply didn’t corroborate it. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "It is time for the “lipstick index” to go away for good," 6 Aug. 2020 The documents, released by the city late last week, corroborate this sequence of events. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, "Mayor Frey: Gov. Walz hesitated to deploy National Guard during Minneapolis riots," 4 Aug. 2020 Researchers used telescope data to corroborate information about cosmic background radiation. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "A Universe Never Reveals Its True Age, So We Will," 16 July 2020 The videos seem to corroborate the accounts of several witnesses and legal observers, who told cleveland.com that officers’ deployment of the less-lethal munitions sparked much of rioting, vandalism, burning and looting. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Justice Center security video shows police fired pepper spray, tear gas before bulk of violence at Cleveland’s George Floyd protests," 27 June 2020 The Post did not have access to the records needed to independently corroborate the numbers. Washington Post, "The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing," 7 July 2020 The front desk clerk did not corroborate the victim’s account, saying the woman had run inside and told her to call police, then went behind the desk and hid a bag of chips containing a small amount of marijuana in a cabinet. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Armed robbery victim’s story keeps changing: Orange Police Blotter," 26 June 2020 Surveillance video footage near where the assault occurred could not corroborate or refute the woman's allegations, the statement says. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police officer charged with sexually assaulting handcuffed woman," 25 June 2020 Several other studies corroborate that the later a specimen is collected after symptoms begin, the higher the chance of a false negative. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Why some people get coronavirus symptoms, but still test negative," 16 June 2020

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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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10 Aug 2020

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“Corroborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroborate. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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