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Studies that are wrong will be superseded by better studies with different results.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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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 Whether that narrative is corroborated by evidence and witness testimony remains to be seen. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Arrests Shed New Light on David Ortiz Shooting as Search for Answers Continues," 18 June 2019 Her lawyer, Jerome Sabbota, said much of Talbot's story can be corroborated by her injuries and other evidence. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County woman describes torture, abuse from husband — and the day she killed him," 14 June 2019 But seven of the sheriffs made more serious accusations against their predecessors, many of which were corroborated by internal office records. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019 Such assessments have been reinforced by video footage from the demonstrations and have been corroborated by reports from Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian Struggle?," 29 Mar. 2019 There convictions were later vacated when serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the rape and assault, with DNA evidence corroborating his story. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "The Exonerated Five Get A Standing Ovation At The BET Awards 2019," 23 June 2019 All were eventually proved innocent when a serial rapist admitted the crime, and DNA evidence corroborated his testimony. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 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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More Definitions for corroborate

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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