substantiate

verb
sub·​stan·​ti·​ate | \ səb-ˈstan(t)-shē-ˌāt \
substantiated; substantiating

Definition of substantiate

transitive verb

1 : to give substance or form to : embody
2 : to establish by proof or competent evidence : verify substantiate a charge

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Other Words from substantiate

substantiation \ səb-​ˌstan(t)-​shē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun
substantiative \ səb-​ˈstan(t)-​shē-​ˌā-​tiv \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for substantiate

Synonyms

demonstrate, establish, prove, show

Antonyms

disprove

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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 substantiate in a Sentence

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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The Treasury Department’s inspector general examined some of them in an audit, and ultimately recommended internal changes but didn’t find evidence to substantiate claims of misconduct. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Treasury Official Accused of Leaks Is a Trump Supporter Who Feuded With Another Unit," 25 Oct. 2018 Until Saturday, the Saudis had insisted that Khashoggi left the consulate — a false narrative that would have been substantiated by someone who resembled him seen departing the building. Ben Hubbard, The Seattle Times, "Khashoggi double sent to create false trail in Istanbul, surveillance images show," 22 Oct. 2018 The investigation into Richardson and the Panthers organization concluded in June, finding evidence that substantiated claims of workplace misconduct by Richardson. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Sale of Panthers to David Tepper finalized. Here's what we know, and what's next," 9 July 2018 An investigation by Gibson Dunn, an independent law firm, substantiated some of the claims, according to two people briefed on the findings. New York Times, "At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior," 13 July 2018 On May 17, the Office of Child Care substantiated the allegation about a child being tied up based on the photo. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon failed to identify day care owner's checkered past before new allegations," 6 June 2018 If Cohen’s claims can be substantiated, Trump would be guilty of federal crimes, several law professors told my colleague Sean Illing. Alvin Chang, Vox, "How to indict President Trump (if it’s even possible), explained with a flowchart," 29 Aug. 2018 Shaft is confident that his lawsuit will validate his conduct and substantiate his legal claims. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Cardi B’s Former Manager Is Reportedly Suing Her for $10 Million," 26 Apr. 2018 In cases like Rylett’s, YouTube terminates channels when allegations are substantiated by a guilty plea or a conviction. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of substantiate

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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substantiate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of substantiate

: to prove the truth of (something)

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