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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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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The Post said the woman had not told anyone about it, the account could not be corroborated, Fairfax denied it, and the Post was unable to find other similar allegations against him among people who knew him in college, law school or in politics. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Political death watch: Virginia governor weighs his future," 5 Feb. 2019 No paper evidence has been found to help corroborate the version of events described by the Braunstein family, who also suggested there was some involvement by a second podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 Teen Vogue spoke to two students who were present at the time of the incident and corroborated Kenzie's version of events. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 Once more, police found that video footage corroborated her account. Nathan Mattise And Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge orders Cody Wilson’s arrest, but he skipped his return flight from Taiwan," 19 Sep. 2018 This was also corroborated by Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent of the Daily Express in London. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "So About Those Rumors That Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Are Feuding…," 26 Nov. 2018 Its central finding has been roughly corroborated by other, similar studies. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "FEMA director says there's 'difference between direct deaths and indirect deaths' in Puerto Rico, following Trump remarks," 16 Sep. 2018 Their stories were corroborated by domestic violence workers and lawyers who handled their cases. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse," 23 June 2018 Lewis' story was corroborated by The Wrap with her grandmother, best friend from high school, husband and ex-husband. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "David Copperfield accused of drugging, assaulting model when she was 17," 24 Jan. 2018

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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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corroborate

verb

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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