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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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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That’s corroborated by my mother, who didn’t know what to do with that. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "A Musical Memoir: Ben Folds Shares 10 Songs That Shaped His Life," 6 Aug. 2019 They were exonerated in 2002 after Matias Reyes confessed to the crimes, which was corroborated by DNA evidence. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Elizabeth Lederer, Central Park 5 prosecutor, resigns from Columbia after Netflix series," 23 May 2019 An eight-page report by the Sheriff’s Department’s truth and reconciliation panel found that several of the woman’s claims could not be corroborated, clearing the path for Mandoyan to be reinstated Dec. 28. Los Angeles Times, "Sheriff’s chief says she quit over ‘highly unethical’ demand to rehire deputy fired for abuse," 18 July 2019 Fine told reporters that Wesley Mathews is the source of that claim, which couldn't be corroborated, so the charge was dismissed. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Richardson dad who let 3-year-old Sherin Mathews die 'over milk' gets life in prison," 26 June 2019 During the campaign, Trump played on his reputation as a successful businessman, boasting of his real estate projects while refusing to disclose financial information that might have corroborated that image. Jonathan O'connelll And David A. Fahrenthold, chicagotribune.com, "From Mueller to Stormy to 'emoluments,' legal teams aim to expose Trump Organization," 30 Mar. 2018 They are seen as a way to corroborate Comey's account in Mueller's probe. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Here's what you missed in less than a day in Washington," 17 Mar. 2018 Those allegations — reported to have happened between 1972-82 — weren’t corroborated by the school investigation, officials said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Former Alabama private school teacher won’t be charged in decades-old sex abuse allegations," 24 June 2019 The following month, the CIA ruled the journalist’s death was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a recent United Nations report said there was corroborating evidence to support that. Mythili Sampathkumar, Fortune, "Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia—But Trump Can Still Veto," 20 June 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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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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