Definition of substantiate
- substantiate a charge
substantiated his claim to local mountaineering fame with a photo of himself on the summit of Mount McKinley
Mr. MacGregor couldn't substantiate that it was Peter, and not some other rabbit, in the cabbage patch.
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: to prove the truth of (something)
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