- to make more certain; confirm: He corroborated my account of the accident.
- Archaic. confirmed.
Origin of corroborate
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Examples from the Web for corroborate
But, Digital Globe satellite images dated March 17, 2014, corroborate their stories.The Forgotten Genocidal War in Darfur Revealed in New Satellite Photos
Akshaya Kumar , Jacinth Planer
March 25, 2014
(Read More on the Crisis in Ukraine) Old, numerous and bipartisan are the tales that corroborate this dreary hypothesis.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
Of course, the only reason we retell the story is precisely the data did corroborate Einstein's theory.How Do We Know a Theory is Correct?
April 18, 2013
Other witnesses came forward to corroborate her testimony, although they refused to appear on camera.BBC Director-General Faces Parliament in Jimmy Savile Affair. Can the BBC Restore Its Reputation?
October 23, 2012
Daisey appears to have intentionally misled the producers and to have lied about his ability to corroborate his story.The Conning of ‘This American Life’ Leads to an Embarrassing Retraction
March 17, 2012
The known facts, too, all corroborate this inference: let us consider them a little.The Man Shakespeare
I should judge, from that, he has an inkling of its value, and wants merely to corroborate it.A Woman Intervenes
And he broke out into one of his most discordant cackles to corroborate his boast.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Every one hastened to corroborate this verdict with some piece of evidence.The Cold Snap
And there were others, of course, to corroborate your story?
- (tr) to confirm or support (facts, opinions, etc), esp by providing fresh evidencethe witness corroborated the accused's statement
- serving to corroborate a fact, an opinion, etc
- (of a fact) corroborated
Word Origin and History for corroborate
1530s, "to give (legal) confirmation to," from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare "to strengthen, invigorate," from com- "together" or "thoroughly" (see com-) + roborare "to make strong," from robur, robus "strength," (see robust).
Meaning "to strengthen by evidence, to confirm" is from 1706. Sometimes in early use the word also has its literal Latin sense, especially of medicines. Related: Corroborated; corroborating; corroborative.