substantiate

verb
sub·​stan·​ti·​ate | \ səb-ˈstan(t)-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce substantiate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce substantiation (audio) \ noun
substantiative \ səb-​ˈstan(t)-​shē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce substantiative (audio) \ 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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As their mothers step out to work — in the informal sector or as farmers or agricultural laborers — to substantiate the family income, underprivileged girls like Neha are shouldering the burden of care and housework. Nilanjana Bhowmick, Time, "School Has Been a Right for Girls in India Since 2009. So Why Aren’t They Going?," 27 June 2019 Of those, 5,028 reports substantiated some level of abuse or neglect occurring and 1,741 families began receiving county services such as foster care. Ramona Sentinel, "Host families needed to provide safety net for children," 27 June 2019 Patience is more prudent, and giving up both Šarić and a late lottery pick for the chance to draft a 20-year-old substantiates the idea of a longer timeline. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Trade Grades: Suns Send Jarrett Culver to Wolves in Head-Scratching Deal," 20 June 2019 As the world grapples with a crisis of confidence in journalistic and political institutions alike, Brazil may very well offer one of the clearest, most heavily substantiated cases of one side bending the rules to defeat its opponents. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Conspiracy to Discredit Brazil’s Left," 10 June 2019 Yet no one before Wiles could substantiate Fermat’s original claim. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 The complaint was substantiated by the Assembly Ethics Committee. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Emotional Testimony Details Sex Harassment and Retaliation in Albany," 13 Feb. 2019 According to Tester's staff, every allegation has been substantiated by at least two people. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "VA nominee Ronny Jackson considers withdrawing after allegations of professional misconduct," 25 Apr. 2018 The statistics substantiate Fitzgerald’s impression. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "What it lacks in star power, Louisville baseball makes up for in offensive firepower," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of substantiate

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of substantiate was in 1610

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substantiate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of substantiate

formal : to prove the truth of (something)

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